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- Atiku says 419 used his name for GoFundMe
- Warns supporters to steer clear
- $800 raised less than 24 hours
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded election has warns his supporters to disregard a GoFundMe account opened in his name.
GoFundMe is a for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses, and course.
The account was set up by an unknown person using the name of the former vice president, claiming that the amount raised would be used to support his case at the tribunal.
Atiku is challenging Buhari’s victory at the presidential election petition tribunal.
A Special Assistant on Public Communications and Strategy to the former Vice-President, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said this while reacting to the setting up of the account which stirred up a heated debate on social media.
“We do not know anything about it. We are not in any way connected to it but we consider it as a purely private initiative of the promoters,” he said.
Although a search on the GoFundMe website shows that the account has been taken down, it was learnt that over $800 (N288,000) out of the target $100,000 (N36m) was donated within 24 hours.
Many questioned the propriety of asking Nigerians to donate money to fund Atiku’s case despite the fact that the PDP candidate is said to own companies that rake in billions of Naira yearly.
It’d be recalled that in 2018 some fraudulent people started Atiku Grant Loan late last year after he won the presidential ticket of his party PDP.