The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the recent visit to the United States of America by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as clandestine.clandestine
The spokesperson for the APC’s presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo, said Atiku’s trip is one with the “trappings of a fugitive sneaking into America under a special waiver diplomatic waiver”.
In statement released on Sunday, January 20, and sent to Continentour.com.ng, Keyamo said it was an anomaly for Atiku to embark on such a visit without international press coverage.
“Rather than being the highpoint of his campaign, the American visit is indeed the lowest watermark of Atiku Abubakar’s campaign. It was a political and P.R disaster,” Keyamo said.
“The statements he released from there only to the Nigerian Press back home that he intends to alienate other countries and do business with the US is actually the antithesis to our policy of non-alignment.
“Therefore, we were not surprised by his visit to the US For us, this visit is really a non-event considering the issues involved in the forthcoming election.
“However, we have bad news for those who think this is a momentous event for Atiku Abubakar: the visit was nothing but a downright catastrophe because rather than dispel the fact of indictments hanging over his head, it further confirms and reinforces those facts,” he said.
He further added that whoever advised the PDP presidential candidate to undertake such a trip has just destroyed his entire campaign and exposed him for who he is, “a questionable character who has continued to leave huge questions over his suitability for the highest office of the land and as such cannot be trusted by the Nigerian people.
Keyamo said: “In all, it is very obvious now that the so-called American trip was a desperate trip for photo-ops.
“Throughout the trip, Atiku Abubakar looked cagey, frightened and on edge. We note the close support always provided by Senate President Bukola Saraki like a comforting guardian angel.
“The visit and arrangements smack of things local yahoo yahoo boys do to scam their victims. It is utterly disgusting and puerile that it has been brought into a serious political contest.”
“As confirmed by him in a town-hall meeting a few days before his disastrous trip to the U.S, he said he wants to get Nigeria working again, only for few of his friends who he claims he wants to make rich,” the APC campaign spokesperson added.
“If he cannot get them rich now from his private businesses, it is obvious that he is referring to the use of public funds to make his friends rich.
“Nigerians should judge for themselves whether this is the type of President they want,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng previously reported that Atiku arrived Washington DC on a visit to the United States.
He said would be meeting with Nigerians living in Washington DC metropolis and the business community.
The PDP presidential candidate was in the company of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka.
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