*tasks security agencies to fish out source, peddlers of such messages
By ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The Atiku Care Foundation (ACF), a humanitarian component of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has disowned a viral message promising electorate N50,000 empowerment to vote their principal in the 2023 general elections.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Director Media and Publicity, Atiku Care Foundation, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday December 27, 2022.
According to the statement, Atiku Care Foundation’s Director General, Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas disowned the fraudulent messages being circulated on the social media by a phone number, 07085932887.
Ambassador Abbas said, “This is laughable and should not be taken serious by any Nigerian.
” We disown the message in its entirety. Atiku Care Foundation is the humanitarian component of our 2023 electioneering campaign and we would not descend that low to do something which can best be described as “vote buying”.
“All Nigerians are yearning for genuine change that will rescue the country from the shackles of poverty and misadministration being experienced, hence, we don’t need to induce voters,” he said.
According to him, he suspects it is the handiwork of opponents who are beginning to see the handwritings on the wall that Nigerians will reject them or being pulled by mere fraudsters.
He therefore, charged Nigerians to ignore such messages.
Ambassador Abbas who is the SA Youth to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, further charged security agencies to investigate and fish out those behind such messages.