The Presidency has described as laughable what it called a desperate attempt by Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State to link President Buhari’s wife Aisha Buhari to US Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009.
The Presidency charged Fayose to provide evidence of the involvement of the President’s wife in the Jefferson’s scandal adding that she had no “direct, indirect or the remotest connection” with the case .
Reacting to Fayose’s allegations in a press statement, presidential media aide Garba Shehu, challenged Fayose to tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly, but ignorantly shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination had any relationship by blood or any relationship in whatever form, with President Buhari’s wife.
Shehu also challenged Fayose to produce evidence from the records of investigation and subsequent trial of Jefferson to prove that Buhari’s wife Aisha was in anyway linked to that scandal. He explained that common names alone are not enough to automatically link innocent people to crimes or scandals, especially in an era of identity thieves.
He further challenged Fayose to show proof when and where Aisha Buhari was invited for interrogation in connection with Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal, let alone indicted for a crime locally or abroad.
According to Shehu, ignoring Fayose carries the risk of “giving traction and credibility to outright and brazen falsehoods inconsistent with the status of anybody that calls himself a Governor or leader”.
According to the Presidential Media Aide, “free speech does not entitle Governor Fayose to falsely accuse innocent people of crimes they knew nothing about”.
He warned Fayose that Aisha Buhari is entitled to protect her reputation from being recklessly maligned, adding that political opposition is not a licence to attack people’s reputation brazenly without legal consequences.
Ekiti state governor had Ekiti had on Monday revived a controversy surrounding the role porpotedly played by the President wife, in the messy bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson. Fayose in a press statement by his media aide, Idowu Adelusi,distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site holding court documents where Buhari was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson