The spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Mr. Segun Showunmi, may have confirmed rumour of the ban of the Presidential candidate on the platform of the Peoples, PDP, by the United States from entering the country over alleged slew of sleazes.
Showunmi in a veiled confirmation of the rumour also hinted that the declaration of his principal persona non grata by the US may be reversed any time soon.
In an interview with Punch, the Atiku’s spokesman said: “All nations are sovereign entity. Each of the entity has to jealously guard its sovereignty. Within that broad concept, nations have the right to determine their own visa rules – how to give out visa, who should be given and who should not have it. Some of the reasons for such action are really, never made clear. Each country has its own administrative policy of visa issuance. We are the biggest black nation in the world.
“We should not insist that the evaluation of our own leaders should be based on a subjective issue around visa. One of the bigger economies of the world now is India. For one reason or the other, their Prime Minister, at one point or the other, had some administrative restrictions on his visit to America for a while.
“But when he became the Prime Minister of his country, he had visited America a couple of times. For all you know, this (Atiku visa’s) restriction may be removed even tomorrow. It does not mean that Atiku has never been to America before or he cannot visit America in the future.”
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