The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has given the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, five days to retract his bribery allegation against her or face legal action.
Fayose had recently alleged that Mrs Buhari was implicated in the Halliburton bribery scandal, in which she transferred $170,000 to an account linked to US Congressman Williams Jefferson.
Jefferson was in 2009 found guilty and convicted of corruption and is at the moment serving a jail term in the US.
In a letter sent to Fayose through her lawyers, Aisha Buhari described his claims as “very wild, unfounded and false”, according to Premium Times.
The letter which was sent to Mr. Fayose via courier on Wednesday according to the online medium, demanded an unqualified retraction of the statement published in various media on June 20, 2016.
The letter refuted Fayose’s claim that the president’s wife was the said Aisha Buhari who bribed Jefferson, leading to his conviction.
On the true identity of the person involved in the bribery case, popularly known as the Halliburton scandal, TheCable recently revealed that the international passport of the said Aisha, which it obtained, showed that she was not the same as Aisha the president’s wife.
Several publications in international media that reported the conviction of Jefferson did not link the said Aisha Buhari to the wife of the current Nigerian president.
Reportedly, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in 2007 under the Chairmanship of Nuhu Ribadu, distanced the personality of Muhammadu Buhari’s wife from the said Aisha Buhari involved in the scandal.
The Presidency had through Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, debunked Fayose’s claims.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidency said the president’s wife had “no direct, indirect or the remotest connection” with William Jefferson’s corruption scandal.
Source: Daily Trust