Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has again addressed the biting issue of his inability to visit the United States of America due to alleged corrupt practices.
The presidential candidate of the main opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, speaking through the spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organization, Segun Sowunmi during the TVC Breakfast show today explained there is no case of corruption against him in the US.
Sowunmi described Atiku’s challenge in securing a U.S visa as a mere ‘administrative issue’.
Sowunmi went further to explain that the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was also unable to travel to the U.S just like Atiku but the issue was later resolved after he assumed power in his country.
“I want to remind them (Atiku’s critics) that the present Prime Minister of India hitherto had some of these challenges. For some reasons, the administrative provisions didn’t give him a visa to go to America but when he became the Prime Minister of his country, the sovereignity of the nation was respected,” he stated.
He went further to emphasize that the U.S has no criminal record against his principal and this accounts for the failure of the US and Nigeria to prosecute him so far.
“I can tell you for free that the United States of America has no criminal proceeding, or no indictment, or no corruption-related issue around His Excellency Atiku Abubakar,” he added.
Sowunmi stated that the U.S would have demanded the extradiction of Atiku from the Nigerian government through the Extradition Treaty it signed with Nigeria if he had a criminal case to answer.