The All Progressives Congress has called for the investigation of top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party for alleged link with notorious fraudster, Ramoni Igbalode Abbas, also known as Huspuppi.
The party stated this in a statement on Saturday, a day after Hushpuppi was arraigned in a Chicago, United States of America court for Business Email Compromise scam, which could land him 20 years in prison.
According to the APC in a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, several PDP top shots had been caught on camera with Hushpuppi in the past, especially close to the last general election.
Among those named by the party for investigation were former Vice President and presidential candidate of the PDP for the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar; former President of the Senate and former Governor of Kwara State, Abubakar Bukola Saraki; former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and Senator Dino Melaye.
The APC said in the statement by Nabena: “Reports of the criminal conspiracy linking the top echelon of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas also known as ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ who was recently arrested along with associate(s) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States of America to face trial over cyber-enabled fraud and Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes should be a matter of serious interest to relevant authorities in Nigeria.
“We note that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has already declared the arraigned Instagram celebrity wanted over fraud allegations. However, the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other sister agencies must investigate money laundering reports linking some PDP leaders and financiers to the Dubai-based international criminal ring.
“That the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their “Strategic” meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and ‘Hushpuppi’s’ affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence.
“At different times, ‘Hushpuppi’ was photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Dino Melaye among other PDP stalwarts.
“While relevant authorities investigate the nature of their relationship and business partnership, we also challenge the PDP leadership to do same by opening up on the nature of the relationship, particularly the kind of services the arrested ‘Hushpuppi’ provided them.
“In the leadup to the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, we renew our call against monetised elections and vote buying schemes which the PDP has serially deployed in elections. We call on relevant authorities to up their guard to prevent these practices that threaten the sanctity of our elections. The people’s will and votes should determine elections, not illicit money used to buy votes.”