Atiku Abubakar campaign disowns diaspora group soliciting funds

Atiku Abubakar campaign disowns diaspora group soliciting funds
The Atiku Abubakar team has cut ties with a diaspora organisation that is raising money for the Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate (PDP).

The campaign organisation said in a statement released on Tuesday that a letter is being distributed by Atiku Abubakar Business Supporters in Diaspora (AABSID) to ask for donations from the general public.

The campaign team supporting Abubakar claims that AABSID is "unknown" and has not been given permission to start raising money for the former vice president.

“The attention of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation (AACO) has been drawn to an undated letter issued under the authority of a ‘Campaign Coordinator/President’ of a group calling itself the Atiku Abubakar Business Supporters in Diaspora (AABSID),” the statement reads.

“This letter is titled ‘Fundraising Dinner Event for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Presidential Election Campaign 2023’ and, apparently, is being sent to potential donors and members of the general public inviting donations to the presidential campaign of our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in exchange for unfettered access to Atiku Abubakar, among other promises.

“The Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation hereby notifies the general public, particularly Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as corporate organisations within and outside Nigeria, that the Atiku Abubakar Business Supporters in Diaspora (AABSID) is a body/organisation unknown to our candidate, and neither he nor the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation has authorised any such fundraising event to be held on his behalf nor on behalf of his Campaign Organisation.

“The general public, is hereby, notified that the aforementioned Atiku Abubakar Business Supporters in Diaspora (AABSID) is not in any way affiliated or related to Atiku Abubakar and the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, and has not been mandated or authorised in any way whatsoever to represent the candidate or his campaign in any matter whatsoever.

“In line with the foregoing, any person or organisation dealing with the aforementioned Atiku Abubakar Business Supporters in Diaspora (AABSID) and/or its Campaign Coordinator/President or indeed with any other organization for the purposes of raising funds for our presidential candidate does so at their own risk and responsibility.
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