Less than twenty days to the Presidential election in Nigeria, fresh controversy has trailed opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar’s visit to the United States.
Atiku who has not stepped his foot on US soil since leaving office as Vice President in 2007, is believed to be a person of interest in the country following allegation of money laundering.
His row with the authorities in US began after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal involving William Jefferson, former US congressman, in 2004.
Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.
The FBI had searched his residence in the posh neighbourhood of Potomac, Maryland, but no money was found.
The investigators had videotaped Jefferson, who was the congressman representing Louisiana, receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills which he claimed was meant for Atiku, but the former vice-president has denied the allegation.
The ruling All Progressives Congress Party, APC, had accused Atiku of being corrupt and unable to visit the US because of corruption case hanging on his neck.
On Thursday, Dele Momodu, Publisher Ovation magazine and supporter of Atiku candidacy revealed that the former vice president has landed in the US.
The veteran journalist went further to state that Atiku was invited by US Chamber of Commerce to speak in Washington.
The former vice-president is expected to speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, from 2:30pm to 4pm, BreezeReporters gathered.
The private roundtable, which is hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Africa Business Centre, is expected to hold at 1615 H street, NW 20062.
However, Paul Ibe, the special Adviser on Media to Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed reports on the social media that his principal has traveled to the United States of America.
Ibe told political correspondents on Thursday afternoon that the reports were false.
According to him, Atiku has not left the shores of the country and could not have landed in the US as being peddled on social media.
“You know what the social media can do. You know the social media for what they are. It is not true. His Excellency hasn’t gone anywhere,” he said.