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Atiku Abubakar. Photo: AFP

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has disclosed that United States lobbyists were paid millions of dollars to secure US visa for the candidate of the PDP for the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement on Tuesday, BMO said that the PDP claimed it would be paying Brian Ballard, who is believed to be close to U.S. President Donald Trump, the equivalent of N400 million over a one year period to ostensibly lobby Washington on behalf of its candidate ahead of the 2019 Presidential election.

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The group added that Nigerians were not prepared to easily forget how Atiku’s name featured in high-profile sleaze probe, ranging from that of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) to Siemens during his 8-year tenure as Vice President.

BMO said: “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!

“We want Nigerians to see the difference between President Muhammadu Buhari whose party does not need to spend money in any currency to whitewash his image and that of a candidate that needs to pay the equivalent of N400 million to clean its image in just one country.”