Buhari In Big Trouble, As America Set To Declare Atiku, Winner Of The 2019 Presidential Election

By Post-Nigeria: April 9, 2019 13:44

Buhari In Big Trouble, As America Set To Declare Atiku, Winner Of The 2019 Presidential Election

Emerging report indicates that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is currently lobbying the United States of America, USA, for support, in his quest to challenge the outcome of the February 23, 2019, Presidential election.

According to a report by the Centre for Responsive Politics, CRP, a research group dedicated to tracking money in US politics, and its effects on elections and public policy, published on Tuesday, Atiku has enlisted the assistance of two high-powered Lawyers in Washington DC, to “help in his legal challenge, after his election loss”.

Recall, that Atiku had filed a suit before the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, challenging the outcome of the election, and insisting that he won the election.

According to the report: “Atiku Abubakar has ties to those in Trump’s orbit, having hired Political Consultants like Riva Levinson, who worked with Paul Manafort and Brian Ballard, a major Trump fundraiser.”

Reference was also made to Atiku’s much-publicised visit to the US, during which he stayed at the Trump International Hotel, in Washington DC. His visit to the US made major news, since there were allegations that he can not step on the shores of America, as a result of corruption-related issues.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, by CRP’s Foreign Lobby Watch, showed that former Justice Department Official, Bruce Fein, and his Firm, Fein & DelValle PLLC, registered as foreign Agents, on the PDP Presidential Candidate’s behalf.

“Fein, the Associate Deputy Attorney-General in Ronald Reagan’s administration and General Counsel to the FCC, played a significant role in the repeal of the FCC’s ‘Fairness Doctrine’. He also later worked with then-Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), in drafting articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton. Joining Fein in the effort is his partner at the firm, W. Bruce DelValle, who according to an online biography, has a varied background tackling civil rights and constitutional law issues, litigating intellectual property and liability disputes, along with representing a number of sports and entertainment personalities”, the report noted.

According to CRP, the agreement notes that Lloyd Ukwu, “a Nigerian Barrister and trusted confidant [of Abubakar]”, is assisting “in the operations of the U.S. Situation Room”.

Ukwu, referred to as a critic of Buhari, 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 the report, Fein 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 recognising a winner of the Nigerian election, until after the legal challenge is “impartially and independently resolved”.

Another report states how the influence campaign will be conducted, noting that, Lobbyists will meet with members of Congress and their staff, to persuade them to pass resolutions in the House and Senate, “to forebear from a final declaration and recognition of a winner”, until after Atiku Abubakar’s appeals are decided fairly and independently. Additionally, the firm will “draft articles and op-ed pieces” about the issues surrounding the election, and appear on television and other media programmes.