The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has met with members of the United States Congress on his first visit to America in 13 years.
Atiku, who last visited the US in 2005 when he was the vice-president of Nigeria, arrived the country on Thursday after staying away for so long
He stayed away from America after the US authorities began investigating a bribery scandal involving William Jefferson, former US congressman.
Atiku was accused of demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate the award of contracts to two American telecommunication firms in Nigeria, an allegation he denied.
And on Friday, Atiku got down to business as he paid a visit to Chris Smith, a member of the Republican Party, and representative for New Jersey and Micheal McCaul, the Homeland Security committee chairman at the US Congress.
Both congressmen are known allies of the current US president, who often back his policies in the US Congress.
Congressman Smith has supported President Trump on 80 percent of his choices since he became president, according to a project tracking congressmen in the United States.
McCaul, on the other hand, hails from Texas and supported the president fiercely on his decision to pull out the US-Iran nuclear deal.
Atiku is also expected at a private meeting with the United States Chamber of Commerce.
He was accompanied on the trip to the US by Senate President Bukola Saraki who is the director-general of his campaign; Uche Secondus, national chairman of the PDP and some key members of the opposition party.