The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is to kick-start his campaign for the 2019 presidential election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has denied instituting any grant that requires would be beneficiaries of paying N500 for forms.

Abubakar stated his position in a statement by the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation on Saturday.

The statement said: “Our attention has been brought to a scheme whereby innocent hardworking Nigerians are being asked to buy a form for a sum of Five Hundred Naira in order for them to be beneficiaries of a financial grant allegedly being sponsored by Atiku Abubakar.

“We want to put it on record that neither the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar nor the campaign gave any approval to this scheme or any other one like it.

“We are aware that a great number of Nigerians are passing through rough patches as millions of people have slipped into the poverty conveyor belt as a result of the bad socio-economic policies of the current administration since 2015.

“Jobs are being lost in quantum scale, businesses are folding up, foreign investors are afraid to bring in new capital for investments and the cost of living has ballooned to skyrocket proportion. The immediate consequence of all these is that the Nigerian has been laid prostrate for fleecing, out of the desperate bid to burrow their way out of financial incapacitation.

“We therefore urge hardworking Nigerians not to fall victims of these fraudulent schemes and remind our compatriots, once again, that the election next year is about a choice between the current economic meltdown and a fresh opportunity to create more jobs for our people and get Nigeria working again.”

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