By Augustine Akhilomen
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has condemned the action of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to have linked him with a cyber-crime suspect, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States as irresponsible and cheap politics.
In a statement issued on Saturday by the media aide to the ex-Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, he said he had no association with the Instagram big boy.
He urged the ruling party to stop making cheap allegation all in the name of damaging the image of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Saraki also demand an apology from APC’s Deputy Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, who had earlier in a statement demanded the probe of some PDP leaders over their alleged romance with Abbas.
“The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by 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 cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities.
“Also, the party at that time did not deem it necessary to call on the anti-graft agencies to investigate their activities.
“Also, since the arrest of those cybercrime suspects and the subsequent damage to the image and the economy of Nigeria as well as the crisis it created for Nigerians engaged in lawful businesses across the world, the ruling party had been muted (sic).
“The only time the APC deemed it necessary to make a statement was when it thought it should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.
“Dr. Saraki was the only political leader who has publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper of July 1, 2020 titled ‘Cyber Criminals: Confronting The Few Who Dent Many.’
“At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims.”