Atiku Abubakar, GCON and Former Vice President of Nigeria, has denied having any links with Ray Hushpuppi.
The denial came after the ruling party of the All Progressives Congress APC, issued a statement urging the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC, and other security agencies to investigate the links between Hushpuppi and some PDP chieftains.
The party in its statement said Hushpuppi has been photographed with Atiku and some other PDP stalwarts like Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye, and Yakubu Dogara and so they should be investigated to determine if they have any link with Hushpuppi.
The former senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, had also released a statement where he played defensive on having any link with Ray Hushpuppi. Read here.
However, Mr Paul Ibe, media aide to the former Vice President, in reacting to the statement by APC, said the photo of Atiku and Hushpuppi making the rounds was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as is being speculated.
The statement read;
”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.”