Thursday 21 July 2016

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari sues Gov. Fayose and his aides

Ayo Fayose and Aisha Buhari
Wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari on Wednesday sued Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State for claiming she was involved in the Halliburton scandal.

Mr. Fayose had in June said Mrs. Buhari was the “Aisha Buhari” named in a U.S. court document, alleged to have been involved in bribery case involving a convicted former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson.

The governor, in what appeared to be an error, referred to the Jefferson bribery as the Halliburton scandal, which is an entirely different case.

Mr. Fayose however insisted he was right, despite Mrs. Buhari’s denial and threat of lawsuit.

In the ex-parte motion, filed July 20, 2016, and made exclusively available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mrs. Buhari prayed the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, to grant her reliefs to issue writ of summons against Mr. Fayose and his media advisers, Idowu Adelusi and Lere Olayinka.

Olukayode Adeniyi, the presiding judge, granted all reliefs sought by Mrs. Buhari, including an order of substituted service.

Mary Ekpere, counsel to Mrs. Buhari, prayed the court for the lawsuit to be served on Mr. Fayose and his two aides, even though Ekiti State is outside the jurisdiction of the Abuja Division of the FHC.

Mr. Adeniyi approved the service be done through a courier service, DHL, or “by publication in the online media platform” court filings say.

Mrs. Buhari had earlier written to the governor on June 23, demanding retraction.

In her earlier letter, Mrs. Buhari described the allegation that she was involved in either scandal as “very wild and unfounded”.

The material distributed by Mr. Fayose on June 20 said the first lady was an accomplice in the bribery scandal that landed Mr. Jefferson in jail.

Although Aisha Buhari was mentioned in the case files as having transferred a sum of $170,000 to Mr. Jefferson, former heads of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission who investigated the matter said the Aisha Buhari named in the document was an impostor and not President Buhari’s wife.

Credit: Premium Times

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