Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakra, can now travel to the United States, having been recently issued a visa.
According to TheCable, a family source confirmed that the former vice-president has left Nigeria for the UK, where he will spend some time before flying to the US.
The report also claims that former president Olusegun Obasanjo pulled a lot of strings, that got played the American government to finally issue Atiku a visa.
It is also well known that the former vice President, has not travelled to the US in 13 years – A fact that has been used by political opponents for a very long time against Atiku.
It all started in 2004, when the FBI during an investigation of a bribery scandal involving William Jefferson, former US congressman, accused Atiku, of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.
Jefferson, a congressman representing Louisiana, was filmed by the FBI ,receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills which he claimed was meant for Atiku, but the former vice-president has consistently denied the allegation.