The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) yesterday disclosed how the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, paid a US lobbyist millions of dollars in order to procure an American visa.
The Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said this in a co-signed statement in Abuja on Tuesday, describing the effort as another chapter in PDP’s “book of corruption”.
The BMO revealed the PDP had claimed it would be paying Brian Ballard, who is believed to be a close associate of US President Donald Trump, the equivalent of N400 million over a year period in order to lobby Washington on behalf of Atiku.
The group added even if the lobby were successful, the allegations of corruption that had trailed Atiku over the years would be difficult to wash off.
The group also said Nigerians won’t easily forget how Atiku became enmeshed in various fraud allegations that arose as a result of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) and Siemens scandal during his years as the Vice President to Olusegun Obasanjo.
The statement continues: “Not even a close ally of Trump can wipe clean a slate of corruption that took years of intense begging for his former principal to reluctantly accept his apology but which he still wants him to seek the forgiveness of Nigerians”.
“These are people that have been conditioned to see dollar rain as solutions to local credibility problems.
“Coming soon after they had shared wads of dollars among party delegates; they did not feel bad spending more to boost the economy of Dubai where they have been holding strategy sessions.
“The same people have signed a deal of 90,000 dollars a month to secure an American visa for a morally challenged presidential candidate.
“They are busy boosting businesses in other countries, yet they are running a presidential campaign with the theme of ‘making Nigeria great again. How ironic!”.