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How payment of $1.1 million to Republican lobbying firm got Atiku into U.S soil after 12 years

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  Atiku Abubakar, finally came to the U.S last week after 12 years of being denied a visiting visa.

Republican lobbyist Brian Ballard, who is close to the Trump White House, signed a $1.1 million per year contract to represent Abubakar’s political party, The People’s Democratic Party.

Former Trump principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah joined Ballard’s firm last week. Raj Shah served Trump from 2017 to January 2019.


Raj Shah

Per Second News in an exclusive report last weekend revealed that the former Vice President was issued an A  visa with protective status.

Speaking with Per Second News in Washington,  officials in US said he was issued with a B1B2 visa last December but was advised to seek a more protected visa incase there’s a ‘Sealed Indictment‘ against him by the U.S Authorities.


A sealed indictment is an indictment that is sealed so that it stays non-public until it is unsealed. This can be done for a number of reasons. It may be unsealed, for example, once the named person is arrested, according to US laws.

A U.S bipartisan Senate report said that from 2000 to 2008, Abubakar’s wife helped him bring $40 million in “suspect funds” — including at least $1.7 million in bribes — into the United States.

Authorities in the U.S has confirmed that Atiku Abubakar is no longer banned from the United States but can’t say about indictment.



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