Investigate Hushpuppi’s criminal conspiracy with PDP

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Hushpuppi with PDP leaders Senator Dino Melaye and former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara
Hushpuppi with PDP leaders Senator Dino Melaye and former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged anti-graft agencies to investigate the criminal conspiracy between recently arrested internet fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement by Yekini Nabena, deputy national publicity secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), the party said he and PDP leaders have been seen romancing in Dubai, the base of Hushpuppi before his arrest and extradition to the US.

“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.

The APC said that, “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.

APC added that at different times, “Hushpuppi” was been photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alhaji 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 lead up 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.”