The All Progressives Congress, APC, has revealed that former president Olusegun Obasanjo is currently lobbying the United States of America government to withdraw a purported travel entry ban it placed on Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, the acting APC National Publicity Secretary on Friday in Abuja, the APC said it learnt of “reports” which indicated the high-powered persuasion by Obasanjo, who endorsed Atiku; his vice president between 1999-2007, to win the 2019 presidential election on Thursday.
According to the ruling party, the lobbying approach by the former president is hypocritical as he was the same person who publicly lambasted Atiku for allegedly being corrupt.
The APC also questioned Obasanjo’s sudden turnaround over his former vice president after utilising the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to prosecute Atiku.
The statement read, “It is learnt that that the former President who during and after leaving office 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 United States following a 2005 $500,000 bribery scandal that involved Atiku, his fourth wife, Jennifer and former United States Congressman, William Jefferson.
“Recall 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 (EFCC) in getting Atiku prosecuted for corrupt enrichment and money laundering.”
The APC said Atiku’s culpability in engaging in corrupt practices was proven in a report by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin, which indicted him for using “offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States.”
The party, therefore, said it was at a loss as to why Obasanjo would lobby for a reversal of a visa ban reportedly placed on Atiku by former US President, George W. Bush, describing his purported new move as “self-serving.”
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s intervention in Alh.Abubakar Atiku’s ban from the United States of America is evidence of Obasanjo’s legendary hypocrisy and self-serving interest in national affairs”, the statement added.