A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, described on Saturday as irresponsible and cheap politics, an attempt by the All Progressives (Congress) to link him to the alleged fraudster Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi.
Earlier on Saturday, the ruling party asked relevant security officials to investigate PDP chiefs, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Dino Melaye, about alleged links to Hushpuppi being tried in the United States for electronic fraud in several countries around the world.
However, in a statement entitled: "Cybercriminals: APC's irresponsible statement" issued by his media adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki emphasized that he had no form of association with the alleged fraudster.
The statement said:
“The statement credited to APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways in which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with suspicion by the international community.
“This is because when these cybercriminal suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, APC saw nothing wrong with their activities.
“In addition, the party at the time did not consider it necessary to call anti-graft agencies to investigate its activities.
“In addition, since the arrest of these cybercriminal suspects and the subsequent damage to Nigeria's image and economy, as well as the crisis it has created for Nigerians involved in legal business around the world, the ruling party has been silenced (sic ).
“The only time the APC he considered it necessary to make a statement when he thought he should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.
"Dr. Saraki he was the only political leader who publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper on July 1, 2020, entitled: 'Cyber criminals: facing the few who bother many'.
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