The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, may have lobbied his way into the US, according to a journalist, Judd Legum.
Atiku, a former Vice President, had not visited the United States of America for over 12 years until his recent trip to the country with Senate President Bukola Saraki alongside other politicians.
On arrival in the US, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party lodged at the Trump Hotel, owned by US President Donald Trump.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) had constantly mocked Atiku over his inability to visit the U.S., using it as a proof of his corruption and unsuitability for public office.
Atiku had been accused of laundering over $40 million in the US with the aid of his wife Jenifer Douglas.
The Waziri of Adamawa was also mentioned in a bribery scandal involving congressman William Jefferson, who is currently serving time.
However, Legum, a journalist with Popular Information, said the PDP candidate may have lobbied his way into the United States.
According to Popular Information, a former US government official confirmed that Atiku was until recently formally barred from obtaining a visa pursuant to a presidential proclamation targeting corrupt foreign officials.
Former US President George W. Bush had in 2004 signed the Presidential Proclamation 7750 which ban entry into the United States for current and former corrupt foreign officials.
According to the report by Legum on Popular Information, things change after the PDP hired Brian Ballard, a key member of Trump’s political operation, with a $1.1 million per year lobbying contract.
Ballard, who is widely renowned for his deep connections to the Trump administration, chaired the “Trump Victory organization” in Florida.
Ballard, among other things, was to help Atiku advance “democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria.”