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Former Nigerian Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has arrived at Dulles International Airport, in the United States of America.

During his working visit to Washington DC, PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar will engage in bilateral meetings with a high powered, bi-partisan delegation of US congressmen who are deeply concerned and troubled about the future of democracy in Nigeria.

The delegation is seeking Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s views on how best the United States can support Nigeria in ensuring democracy at all levels and more importantly ensuring the will of the people prioritised at all times.

Atiku will also have several other meetings with business leaders, high ranking US government officials, thought leaders and Nigerians in the diaspora.

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has retracted his earlier story of speaking with the widow of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba, killed by Boko Haram at Metele last month. He now said he spoke with the slain soldier’s sister, Maryam.

The PDP candidate had opened himself to widespread derision following his online post that he spoke with Seun, Sawaba’s wife.

But the woman denied she received a phone call from Abubakar and wondered why the 72 year-old politician lied.

 

Abubakar has now set the record straight and apologized for the “erroneous communication”.

Here is Atiku Abubakar’s statement:

“Following the death of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba during the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on 157 Taskforce Battalion in Metele, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s staff has made efforts to get the contact of his widow to enable the former Vice President express his condolences over the loss of the fallen hero.

“Over the weekend, Atiku Abubakar was availed with phone numbers of Mrs. Sakaba and Maryam, younger sister of the late soldier, in the alternative.

“On Sunday, the former Vice President tried albeit unsuccessfully to contact Mrs. Sakaba but was able to eventually speak with Maryam, younger sister of the gallant soldier during which he expressed his deepest condolences to the family.

“However, this communication was erroneously communicated. The error is regretted.

“Atiku Abubakar, however reaffirms his deepest condolences to the Sakaba family, which sacrifices, like those of their brave son, keeps us safe.

It was gathered that Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States.

Sources confirms the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja

It was further gathered that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

However, the Federal Government tells the U.S. to be cautious in granting visa to the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in order not to create the impression of endorsing him for the 2019 election.