Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Monday fought back over the freezing of his Zenith Bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, of being corrupt.
The governor made reference to the role played by Mrs. Buhari in the messy bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson.
Mr. Fayose distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site holding court documents where the wife of the president was alleged to have made suspicious transfer of funds to a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Mr. Fayose also President Buhari was far from being the clean man he portrayed himself.
“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. 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”, the statement said.
“We will not allow this and we will defend our rights within the law of the land. Those who think they can silence me are mistaken. I am a person who is not perturbed by things like this.
“Let them wait till 2018 when I will finish my term and I will be the one to go and meet them. I won’t run away and let them investigate the whole world, I have nothing to hide or fear”, he said.
The governor’s Special Assistant on New Media, Lere Olayinka, later circulated links to and copies of the said court document detailing Mrs. Buhari’s mention in the scandal.
The documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, one Mrs. Buhari was listed as transferring $170,000 to the American politician using a firm as proxy.
“Government Exhibits 36-87 (6/26/02 $170,000 wire transfer from 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)”, the U.S. Government Sentencing Memorandum said on page 22.
As at the time of publishing this report, neither Mrs. Buhari nor the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, had reacted to the damning allegation by the vexed Ekiti governor.