Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Monday reopened a controversy surrounding the role played by the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari in the messy bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson.
Fayose yesterday distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site holding court documents where Mrs. Buhari was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson.
According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose alleged that President Buhari was far from being an angel.
Aisha Buhari Involved In Bribery – Fayose
Fayose made the statement while reacting to the freezing of his Zenith Bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the bank’s GRA branch yesterday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The the governor said,
“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal (sic).
“When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read.”
Special Assistant to governor Fayose on New Media, Lere Olayinka, later circulated links to and copies of the court document detailing Mrs. Buhari’s mention in the scandal.
According to reports, the documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, a Mrs. Buhari was mentioned as transferring $170,000 to the American politician using a firm as a proxy.
The United States Government Sentencing Memorandum quoted the following on page 22 of the document:
“Government Exhibits 36-87 (6/26/02 $170,000 wire transfer from an account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying “William Jefferson” as Beneficiary).”
Mrs. Aisha Buhari could not be reached for comments on the matter. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, declined comments, saying he would need to check the documents himself before issuing an official statement.
Fayose’s accounts, as well as those of some of his associates, had earlier been frozen by the EFCC citing corruption allegations as investigations were ongoing.