Nigerians have taken to the social media to comment on a GoFundMe campaign opened for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has decided to go to court to contest the victory of his opponent, president Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 election.
GoFundMe is an international online platform used to raise funds from the public for specific causes, including political campaigns.
Today’s Echo gathered that the GoFundMe campaign was opened on Tuesday, march 5 and it has already received $845 out of a target $100,000
To see the campaign, go here: https://www.gofundme.com/supportingatikuspresidentialmandate
Today’s Echo gathers that the creator of the campaign is political activist, Segun Awosanya who is known as Segalink on Twitter
While many Nigerians have argued that the campaign will carry people along and stimulate public participation in Atiku’s efforts to get victory through the courts, others say he is too wealthy to need such donations. However, some are asking how the proceeds of the campaign will be used.
Below is the full statement on the GoFundMe campaign:
On Saturday February 23 2019, we Nigerians went out in our millions to vote for a candidate of our choice but that basic electoral process of voting became an exercise in Govt rigging with soldiers freely deployed against citizens in Abonema, thugs against voters in Lagos, suppressed votes across many parts and inflated figures released from many states, all to achieve a predetermined end of returning President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
Independently collated figures show that the opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, won the popular votes across 26 states but he was wrongfully denied victory. Ultimately however, ordinary Nigerians lost out as their voting voices were overruled.
Some of us strongly believe that there is enough evidence to discredit the process and upturn the results as announced by INEC. Astonishingly, the polity has been replete with calls by a minority allied to the beneficiaries of the rigging for Atiku Abubakar not to challenge the process in court.
We note however, that Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi are veterans in appealing to the judicial system and this time should not be an exception.
Our Call to Action is therefore simple: to put our money where our votes went and deal a decisive blow against tyranny and rigging by donating freely to support the case against INEC and the ruling APC.
It is no longer a decision to be made unilaterally by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP but a validation of the mandate of Nigerians.
See what Nigerians are saying below: