On Sunday, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) described the All Progressive Congress (APC)'s attempt to link some of its key members to the suspected Internet fraudster, Raymond Abass, aka Hushpuppi, as a total fabrication.
The APC had charged security agencies on Saturday to investigate the
alleged connection between some PDP chieftains including former vice
president Atiku Abubakar, former senate president, Bukola Saraki, and
two others after pictures showing them to the public via social media
with the suspected fraudster in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The opposition party insisted that the desperate bid to frame innocent Nigerians who were not involved with Hushpuppi in any way, even after a very wide investigation by the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) in the United States. No-one suspected that the government had intimidated leaders of the opposition with false allegations.
The statement read:
“Nigerians should not be surprised when the APC will begin to list the names of innocent political leaders, including those who are now being persecuted in their party, on trumped-up charges, for political interests.
“While our party has no link whatsoever with Hushpuppi, as the APC also acknowledged, Nigerians are aware that his pictures with some prominent Nigerians, such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, which the APC is frenzied about, do not suggest any affinity beyond the usual jostling by people, world over, to be photographed with leaders.
“Of course, such happens to all prominent individuals, especially leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is therefore unfortunate that a ruling party, which is now led by a sitting governor, is spending its energy to frame innocent Nigerians instead of confronting the myriads of economic and security problems it caused the nation, in addition to finding solution to the serious demands of COVID-19 pandemic.
“If the APC is indeed fighting corruption, it should have called for the investigation of its leaders who, as state governors, ministers and even APC National Chairman have been indicted for stealing and treasury looting.
“The APC should be calling for the investigation of one of their state governors, who was seen on a viral video, stuffing his robe with gratification, in foreign currency, as well as their candidate in a forthcoming election, who has been declared by a former APC National Chairman as a treasury looter, who is only good for ‘night meetings’ and not fit to be state governor.”