A key participant in the Williams Jefferson bribery scandal who is also a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyewole Fasawe, has come to the rescue of Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was linked to the case by the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Mr. Fasawe, the Nigerian businessman mentioned in the scandal, has described Fayose’s allegations against Buhari’s wife as “fallacious, baseless, misinformed and defamatory”.
In a statement on Wednesday, 22nd June, Mr. Fasawe completely disassociated Mrs. Buhari from the transaction saying he was the one who had a business venture with Mr. Jefferson – which went awry “based on misplaced trust”.
“We were the ones in government, and she was never a member of our party or my business associate. So, how could she have been involved in the first place.
“I was convinced the Triple Play Cable Television Network was the future of home entertainment in Nigeria. I invested considerably in the business – even having to approach my bank for further investments. Unfortunately all went down the drain having been dealing with a fraud and a dupe in the person of Jefferson who used his office and the image of his nation to convince me iGate was a reputable Telecommunication Equipment Vendor. “
Mr. Oyewole Fasawe revealed that he made a petition to the EFCC as well as the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, but nothing was done about it. He also said as a result of the failure of the business venture, he was taken into detention for almost one year. He continued:
“My monies are still tied up in the US.
“It is high time the Nigerian Government liaised with the government of the United States to help me repatriate my monies running into tens of millions of dollars.
“The matter is in court as I speak, with AMCON joined as a party to the suit. This is an opportunity for President Buhari to look into the matter and bring all connected to book. Since the matter is in court, I may not be able to say much.
“The sad incident caused me money, time and honour, so it is very upsetting to have anyone trying to open this old wound and spicing it up with further controversy.”
The PDP chieftain, Oyewole Fasawe, admonished Governor Fayose and his handlers to desist from the unprovoked attack and unsolicited defamation of the First Lady’s character. He went ahead to add that no one should hide behind immunity clause to trample upon the rights and reputation of others with impunity.