The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged security agencies to probe some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their alleged links to Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
Reports had suggested some PDP members had been travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, frequently ahead of the 2015 general elections to meet the alleged internet fraudster.
Yekini Nabena, the Deputy National Secretary, in a statement asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and other agencies to investigate the party over alleged links to Hushpuppi.
The APC statement read in part, “We note that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has already declared the arraigned Instagram celebrity wanted over fraud allegations.
“However, the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and other sister agencies must investigate money laundering reports linking some PDP leaders and financiers to the Dubai-based international criminal ring.”
The statement further read, “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.
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“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.”
Hushpuppi has been extradited from the UAE to the United States where he faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of fraud.