Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and others to investigate the alleged criminal conspiracy between Hushpuppi and the leadership of the PDP.
In a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, the party alleged the opposition of having a criminal conspiracy with Ramon Olorunwa Abass (Hushpuppi) who’s in the custody of the FBI over multiple fraud charges.
The statement said the leadership of the PDP and Hushpuppi met many times in Dubai, where the alleged cyber criminal was cracked down alongside members of his ring.
“Reports of the criminal conspiracy linking the top echelon of the opposition, 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,” the statement said.
“We note that the 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.”
The APC accused the PDP of using Hushpuppi’s Dubai affinity to monetise elections.
“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 been (sic) photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar ; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, 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 this practices that threaten the sanctity of our elections. The people’s will and votes should determine elections, not illicit money used to buy votes.”
The PDP are yet to reply the accusation coming from the camp of the APC.
Hushpuppi was made to face a federal court in the US on Friday with his affidavit being read to the hearing of the judge. He may get a jail term of 20 years if he’s found guilty of the allegations of crime against him.