Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday refuted speculations that his inability to visit United States for 13 years was not unconnected to corruption case linked to him.
Speaking during an interview with VOA, the former number two man said that his candidature enjoys the backing of the United States.
When asked if he was convinced that the United States government was in support of your candidacy, he answered I'm the affirmative, saying "yes"
When probed further, Atiku said: “There is no doubt because the United States is ready to support any country that is practicing democracy.”
He debunked the reports that the US refused to grant him visa for over 10 years because he was linked to a corruption case.
“The whole thing is about misinformation… for a very long time they, have been lying to them (Nigerians); I tried to explain to them but they refused to listen. And I hope now people are going to understand.”
He said he visited the US because they decided to issue him a visa, adding that he would not have made it if they had declined his visa request.
“And now they have issued it to me and I am here. I’m having some positive discussions with some of the officials,” he said.
“I was in the Congress and I had discussions with some high ranking Congress men and Women about Nigeria and how Nigeria intends to improve her relationship with the United States of America.”