- Former vice president Atiku Abubakar's support groups have threatened to withdraw their loyalty ahead of 2019 election
- The groups made the threat over an extortion allegedly rocking Atiku's campaign office in Abuja
- Director in charge of Atiku's youth organisation, Nath Yaduna, however, denied his involvement in the alleged scam
The presidential aspiration of the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar may be threatened following an allegation of extortion rocking his campaign office in Abuja.
Leadership reports that an investigation carried out in Abuja has revealed that an official in Atiku campaign office (name withheld) on Sunday, April 15, allegedly invited 46 support groups who are canvassing for Atiku 2019 elections for recognition by the presidential aspirant.
NAIJ.com gathered that according to sources at the venue of the purported screening and registrations took place, hinted that each of the support group was alleged to have been charged the sun of 10,000 to have their organisations recognised.
Reacting to allegations of extortions by the purported official, the Atiku support groups warned that the actions of the unnamed official in the former vice president office if not checked is capable of thwarting the support being created by Nigerians for Atiku 2019 ambition.
According to the groups while fielding questions from journalists, "how can groups who are working assiduously to ensure that Atiku is elected in 2019 to liberate Nigeria and Nigerians be compelled to register their groups with 10,000 so that they can be recognised by the aspirant. We are worried that such demands are coming from a person of Atiku”, the group declared.
Commenting on the alleged scam, the national secretary, Atiku National Youth Organisation, Comrade Samuel Tiku called for a comprehensive investigation on the matter to unravel the perpetrators of the act, adding that if not checked, the issue could lead to mass withdrawal of loyalty to Atiku’s presidential ambition.
In his reaction, the director in charge of Youth Organisation and other support groups, Nath Yaduna denied his involvement in the alleged scam, stressing that the Atiku Campaign Organisation has not commissioned anybody to screen and register any Atiku support group.
According to Yaduna, "collection of registration fee from the support groups wad illegal act and would be treated as such. We are yet to come up with modalities for registration of all support groups.
"How can Atiku campaign organization working to actualize his 2019 mandate turn around and request for 10,000(Ten thousand naira) registration, we shall go to the root of the matter and ascertain the claims that 200 groups have been screened and registered “.
“I wish to use this opportunity to appeal to the PDP and Atiku support groups to remain calm , get themselves registered and obtain their PVCs to enable them effect the positive change Nigeria and Nigerians are yearning for come 2019”.
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It would be recalled that 46 groups claimed to be Atiku 2019 support groups were allegedly attended the screening excersise put together by a man who claimed to be working for Atiku where the sum of N10,000.00 (Ten thousand naira) was siphoned from each of the group.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Alhaji Abdullahi Sugar, an associate of Atiku Abubakar, has said the former vice president will send President Muhammadu Buhari back to Daura come February 2019.
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