Nigeria’s ex Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied having any links with arrested suspected fraudster, Hushpuppi.
The nation’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) had said the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and other security agencies should probe the connections between Hushpuppi and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Hushpuppi had been seen in the company of some PDP chieftains in the past.
Hushpuppi has been photographed with Atiku, Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye, and Yakubu Dogara.
The ruling party argues the PDP bigwigs should be investigated to determine if they have any link with Hushpuppi.
Paul Ibe, media aide to the former Vice President, said the photo of Atiku and Hushpuppi making the rounds was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as is being speculated.
Read the statement from Ibe below
”It is curious that the All Progressives Congress is mischievously trying to link Atiku Abubakar to the alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, AKA Hushpuppi, simply because he was photographed with Atiku at an event where many Nigerians had gathered.
For the avoidance of doubt, it was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as being ingloriously speculated. We would advise the APC and Mr. Nabena to be very mindful of such senseless statements in the future especially as the case under reference is a subject of litigation in another country.
Had they been more sensitive, they would have come to terms with the reality that the case is a national embarrassment – not something to cheer about for any political blackmail.”
Other PDP chieftains linked to hushpuppy have also said they have no business relations with fraudster who was recently arrested in Dubai and extradited to the U.S for further investigations and trials.
Hushpuppi was charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a United States court, one for which he could get a maximum jail term of 20 years if convicted.