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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, have landed in Washington, DC USA on Thursday.

The two term ex vice-president of Nigeria is reportedly scheduled to speak at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

The event will be hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Africa Business Centre, is reportedly going to hold at 1615 H street, NW 20062.

Atiku secretly flew out from Lagos on Wednesday night with most of his aides and associates taken unawares.

His row with the US authorities began after the FBI investigated a bribery scandal involving Senator William Jefferson in 2004.

Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria.

The FBI had searched his residence in the posh neighbourhood of Potomac, Maryland, but no money was found.

The investigators had videotaped Jefferson, who was the congressman representing Louisiana, receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills which he claimed was meant for Atiku, but the former vice-president has consistently denied the allegation.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have been very instrumental in the process which made the US grant Atiku the visa.

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