Last month, Fayose had 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.
The President’s wife had on many occasions denied involvement in the scam with a threat to sue Fayose if he did not stop dragging her into a fraud she knew nothing about.
Also in confirmation, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, had declared that Aisha was not one of Nigerians mentioned in the scam or indicted for the scandal.
But in spite of these, Fayose had insisted that the President’s wife was involved in the fraud in which Nigeria lost huge sums of money, alleging that the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war was selective and politically-motivated.
The governor claimed that Aisha Buhari was named in a document that stated she was one of those indicted in the celebrated scandal.
Following the Governor’s continued maligning, PremiumTimes reports that in an ex-parte motion, filed July 20, 2016, 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.
The presiding judge, Olukayode Adeniyi, 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 an online media platform.”