The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari have sued Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
The suit is based on Fayose’s claims that Aisha Buhari was involved in a scandalous oil deal with Halliburton.
Fayose claimed Aisha Buhari was fingered in a court document in United States that mentioned one “Aisha Buhari” as an accomplice to the bribery and oil scandal.
Fayose bungled up information when he mixed up one Jefferson bribery as the Halliburton scandal.
Both are completely different cases.
Aisha Buhari denied any involvement and threatened law suit.
She wrote Fayose to retract his statement.
Fayose maintained his stance.
Aisha Buhari finally filled a suit against Fayose in an Abuja Federal High Court.
The suit also included two of Fayose’s media advisers –Idowu Adelusi and Lere Olayinka.
The judge sitting over the case, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, heeded pleas by Aisha’s counsel, Mary Ekpere, to slam Fayose the lawsuit.
Curiously, Ekiti State is outside the jurisdiction of the Abuja Division of the FHC, one wonders the legality of the suit.
Justice Adeniyi tha Fayose be served by a courier service (DHL) or “by publication in the online media platform, namely PREMIUM TIMES with web page: www.premiumtimesng.com.”
At the center of the entire brouhaha is a mention in the original case file where one Aisha Buhari was mentioned as an accomplice in a bribery scandal to the tune of $170,000.
The EFCC claimed it investigated the matter and stated that the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the document is not the President’s wife.
According to Fayose’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, “Our client states and reaffirms categorically that the statement he made as regards the involvement of Mrs. Aisha Buhari is correct and justified in law.
This is in “Regards to a court judgment convicting one Mr. William Jefferson for bribery in the Halliburton case.”
“The said Williams Jefferson is currently serving a jail term in the USA.
“To the best of our client’s knowledge; this judgment has not been challenged, or set aside by any Appellate court of law anywhere in the world.
“The statement of His Excellency, our client, is therefore correct and justified, same having been factually premised on an existing court judgment above referred to.”
“Your attention is also hereby drawn to Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as altered.
This is in regard “On the immunity enjoyed by our client from civil or criminal proceedings for the period that he occupies the office of the governor of Ekiti State.
“You may therefore advise your client to wait until after 16th October, 2018, when our client’s tenure expires.
“When that happens, we shall join issues with your client in a competent court of law, in the event that your client does not have a change of heart,” Ozekhome said.