Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former vice chairman, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday met with officers of the US States Department in Washington DC.
The assembly, which centered totally on enhancing cooperation with the U.S. authorities on Nigeria’s safety challenges, elections and democracy, was led by Atiku and US assistant secretary, State Department, Bureau of African Affairs, Molly Phee.
A press assertion signed by Paul Ibe, media adviser to Atiku yesterday mentioned the main target of discussions was on the crucial want to hunt collaborative options to our native points on democracy and governance, our deteriorating safety and the financial system.
“Most importantly, the meeting secured commitments to support for free and fair elections in Nigeria, an announcement of a sanction policy before the elections to deter anti-democratic forces, and commitments for continued partnership with Nigeria in areas of security and development,” the assertion mentioned.
Other officers of the States Department on the assembly included Karl Fickenscher, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID; Scott Busby, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour; Michael Heath, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs; Brian Neubert; Director Office of West African Affairs; Skye Justice, Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs; Toby Bradley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Christopher Landberg, Principal Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Stanley Brown,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Police-Military Affairs.
Those on the official delegation of the PDP presidential candidate embrace former Senate President and Special Envoy to the presidential candidate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State governor and Director-General of the PDP presidential marketing campaign council, Right Honourable Aminu Tambuwal; former governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.