Anxiety Sweeps Atiku And Obi Camps As US Visa Ban Looms
A 20-minute telephone conversation that took place last Tuesday between United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is causing concerns in the camps of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi.
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According to sources close to the matter, Sentry has learned that the recent development has come as a rude shock to the two men who are currently challenging Tinubu’s victory in court. These sources have revealed that the men and their supporters had expected a different outcome after their strenuous efforts to discredit the election.
In the wake of the US government’s announcement that it may impose visa bans on certain Nigerians suspected of impeding the country’s democratic progress, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly reached out to Nigerian presidential hopeful Bola Tinubu. Sources suggest that the nature of their conversation has left other presidential aspirants feeling uncertain about their own potential exposure to visa bans, rather than Tinubu or his supporters.
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According to reports, there has been a surge in fear among the Nigerian populace in recent days. This fear is said to have been further intensified by the recent announcement by the United States of a high-level delegation that will be attending the inauguration of Bola Tinubu as the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. The inauguration is scheduled to take place on Monday at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation within Obi’s camp, there has been a noticeable shift in mood since last week. This change came about when they discovered that their initial belief, which was that Tinubu had fallen out of favour with America following the election, was incorrect. In fact, Tinubu is still highly regarded as a respected democrat.
The revelation that America was not swayed by the propaganda and character assassination campaigns against Tinubu during the presidential race came as a surprise to many.
The American people have demonstrated their discernment and sophistication by not falling for the falsehoods propagated about Tinubu’s personality and character on social media and certain traditional news outlets. This is particularly noteworthy given the propaganda machine of Obi and Atiku’s supporters.
The recent murder of American envoys in Anambra, the state where LP presidential candidate Obi received 98 percent of the votes, has placed him in a precarious situation. This incident occurred on the same day that Blinken had a conversation with Tinubu. As a result, Obi’s supporters are being scrutinised, and he is facing significant challenges.
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Last Easter, his trip to the UK ended in a fiasco when he was allegedly turned back from Heathrow Airport due to concerns related to impersonation.
Speculations have been circulating that the US Immigration may have a bone to pick with Atiku.