On Monday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, froze the governor’s personal account in Zenith Bank over an undisclosed “investigation”.
After announcing the freezing of his account on social media, Governor Fayose said that President Buhari is corrupt. The governor went on to expose the role that the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s first lady played in the bribery scandal involving Williams Jefferson, a former US lawmaker.
The Ekiti state governor distributed a link to the US Department of Justice’s website where court documents mentioning Aisha Buhari one who aided the transfer of bribers to Jefferson, an American lawmaker who was convicted of corruption in 2009 and is currently serving his sentence in a US prison.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said President Buhari was far from being a clean man.“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel,” the governor said, in reaction to the freezing of his Zenith Bank account by the anti-graft commission.
“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 governor’s special assistant on new media, Lere Olayinka, later circulated a link to and copies of the court document detailing Mrs Aisha Buhari role in the bribery case which is part of the infamous Halliburton bribery case.The documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, Mrs. Aisha Buhari was mentioned 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 US Government Sentencing Memorandum said on page 22.