The former Vice-President of Nigeria and current People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is to be questioned on return from his current visit to te United States.
This is official and was made public by the chief government spokesman, himself, Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House correspomdents in Abuja, Friday.
According to Alhaji Mohammed, the decision to question the former Vice-President is “following fresh evidence that he benefitted from slush funds that led to the collapse of Bank PHB”. Lai Mohammed said government has proof, showing Atiku Abubakar as signatory to the account that received the money.
Mohammed had said the government had earlier issued a statement advising the US not to issue visa to Alhaji Atiku. But he also said it was the prerogative of the US government to issue a visa to anyone it wanted.
Said Lai Mohammed: “We are not perturbed one bit He can go ahead and get a US Green Card. That will not save him from imminent defeat in the forthcoming election.”
He further intoned, “The election will be held here, not in the US.” He, however, said his claim does not imply that the PDP presidential candidate would be arrested on his return to the country.
It would be recalled that Alhaji Atiku arrived Dulles International Airport, Washington DC, Thursday, accompanied by Senate President, Bukola Saraki. In a tweet on Thursday night, January 17, the PDP presidential candidate said he would be meeting with Nigerians living in the Washington DC metropolis, as well as with the business community. There are also indications that he would meet with members of the US Congress.