How Atiku Paid $1.1m Through Chidoka For US Visa – American Journalist

Judd Legum, an American journalist, has alleged that Osita Chidoka, a former aviation minister, paid one Brian Ballard $1.1 million to secure a United States visa for Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

In the report published by Popular Information, Legum said Chidoka, who is an adviser of Uche Secondus, chairman of the PDP, had signed the deal with Ballard, (see document here) who is a lobbyist with deep connections to the Trump administration, on September 21, 2018.

According to him, Ballard, a prolific fundraiser, “chaired the Trump Victory organization” in Florida and “lobbied on behalf of the Trump Organization in the state for more than a decade.”

The publication went further to say that after Trump was elected, Ballard had expanded his practice in DC and signed up A-list clients eager to exploit into his connections.

He reportedly “also represents governments of Qatar, Turkey, Maldives, the Dominican Republic and Mali and lists US corporate giants Amazon, Sprint and Uber as clients.”

Raj Shah, Trump’s former Principal Deputy Press Secretary, is also said to have left the White House last week to join Ballard’s firm.

Among other things, Ballard was to help Abubakar advance “democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria.” The contract required an immediate payment of $270,000 with another $270,000 due in late December.

The corruption allegations against Atiku, which hindered him from gaining entry into the US, are detailed in a 2010 bipartisan report by the U.S. Senate, “KEEPING FOREIGN CORRUPTION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES.” 

The report says that Abubakar, through his wife, Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, laundered $40 million in “suspect funds” to the United States, including millions in “bribe payments.” An alleged bribe which came from a major German corporation, Siemens.

Siemens has admitted in court to engaging in widespread bribery and bank records link the corrupt activity to Atiku and his wife.

Atiku was also implicated in the investigation of William Jefferson, the former Congressman who is serving a 13-year sentence for corruption. He denies any wrongdoing connected to the case and has not been charged.

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