The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the February 16 election, Atiku Abubakar has revealed that the United States (US) government is in support of his candidature.
In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service, Thursday night and monitored in Nigeria, Atiku said Nigerians were misinformed that he can’t jet out to the US.
Atiku, a former Vice President responded ‘yes’ to a question thrown to him on whether the US government officials endorsed him during his conversations with them.
When asked whether he was convinced and confident that the American government was in support of his ambition, Atiku said, “There is no doubt because the United States is ready to support any country that is practicing democracy.”
He said he was invited to America by many organizations in the US.
“One good thing is that Nigeria is a country that is practicing democracy and everyone knows that we have played a significant role and have done a lot to sustain democratic governance in Nigeria and it is very important.
“I told you before that my coming to the United States is in the hands of Americans if they decided to issue a Visa to me I will definitely come and if they refused to give me I cannot come.
“And now they have issued it to me and I am here. I’m having some positive discussions with some of the officials.
“I was in the Congress and I had discussions with some high ranking Congress men and Women about Nigeria and how Nigeria intends to improve her relationship with the United States of America.
“By tomorrow (Friday) I will go to the State Department in order to have vital discussions with some of their officials.
“For a very long time they have been lying to them (Nigerians) and they agreed; I tried to explain to them but they refused to listen.
“And I hope now people are going to understand,” Atiku said in the interview monitored and made available to newsmen by his Media Office yesterday, in Abuja.
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