The All Progressives Congress on Friday said it has received credible reports that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has made efforts to make the United States of America lift an alleged travel ban placed on former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
This was contained in a statement issued by Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena in Abuja, on Friday.
The statement said Olusegun Obasanjo has made efforts to secure United States entry visa for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku, whose candidacy he endorsed on Thursday.
The ruling APC said it learnt that Obasanjo who during and after leaving office as president insisted on Atiku’s unsuitability to govern Nigeria based on his knowledge of the latter’s extensive corrupt practices while he served as Vice President, is lobbying US authorities to withdraw the ban reportedly placed on Atiku from entering the US.
Yekini Nabena alleged that the ban was placed on the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar following a 2005 $500,000 bribery scandal that involved him, his fourth wife, Jennifer and former United States Congressman, William Jefferson.
The APC Spokesman “Recalled that the former president while in office had deployed enormous resources of the country on a global dragnet coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in getting Atiku prosecuted for corrupt enrichment and money laundering.
“A report by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin reported that Atiku used offshore companies to syphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008.
“The report further stated that then President Bush had on the strength of his report, barred Atiku and other corrupt politically-exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States, a reason for which it was said he has been unable to travel to the United States till date.
Nabena added, “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s intervention in Alhaji Abubakar Atiku’s ban from the United States of America is evidence of Obasanjo’s legendary hypocrisy and self-serving interest in national affairs.