The presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubajar has distanced himself from the GoFundMe account currently trending on Social media.
According to Mr.Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication and Strategy to the former vice-president, Atiku is in no way connected to the account. He however admitted that the supporters and well-wishers initiated the idea.
“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.