Atiku hires US lobbyist for $30,000 to unseat Buhari, make him ‘authentic President’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has been reported to have employed the services of a United States lobbyist firm to battle the All Progressive Congress candidate (APC) as he challenged the outcome of the February 23 presidential poll.

Lloyd Ukwu, who is described as “a Nigerian barrister and trusted confidant [of Abubakar],” is assisting “in the operations of the U.S. Situation Room.” Ukwu is a critic of Buhari and is the founder of a group called We the People of Nigeria which claims to be an advocate for “free and fair elections.” Ukwu recently led a delegation to meet with a variety of government officials in the State Department, Congress and “delivered a letter to the [acting] United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, in New York to ensure the success of the Nigerian elections.” according to Centre for Responsive Politics, CRP.

According to the report, the firm will be paid $30,000 over a 90-day contract to provide “legal, consultancy and public advocacy services to encourage Congress and the Executive” to wait on recognizing a winner of the Nigerian election until after the legal challenge is “impartially and independently resolved.”

The Centre for Responsive Politics, CRP, report that Bruce Fein, former justice department official and his firm Fein & DelValle PLLC registered on March 24 as foreign agents on behalf of PDP and Atiku.


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