The wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has demanded a retraction of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s allegation in which he claimed to have uncovered how she was mentioned as having transferred funds to a convicted former United States (U.S.) Congressman, Williams Jefferson.
The Ekiti State governor made the allegation while reacting to the freezing of his personal bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday.
In spite of the Presidency’s denial of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife in the bribery scandal, Mr. Fayose insisted she was the one and dared Mrs. Buhari to take a trip to the U.S to prove her innocence or otherwise.
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In her first official reaction to the allegation, the wife of the president, in a letter authorized by her legal attorneys and dispatched to Fayose via courier on Wednesday, said the governor’s action was directly responsible for the publication of the “very wild and unfounded” allegations in the media against her.
In the letter titled: “Demand for unqualified retraction of the false statement published by you in various media on the 20th of June, 2016, and subsequent dates regarding our client, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR”, she gave the governor five working days to retract the statement or face a legal action.
The letter signed by Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpene, on behalf of the law firm, said: “Our client has referred to us statement made by you and published on the 20th of June, 2016 (and other subsequent days) concerning and pertaining to her person for necessary action.
“The said statement which was caused by you and your agents to be widely circulated and published in various media platforms: print, electronic and online on 20th of June, 2016, contains very wild, unfounded and false allegations and imputations against the person of our client.
“Specifically, in the said statement credited to you and signed by your Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, you, inter alia, falsely stated as follows:
“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 serialise the judgement for people to see and read”.