After his account was frozen by the EFCC yesterday, Gov. Fayose revived a controversy surrounding the role played by Aisha Buhari in the messy bribery scandal involving U.S. Congressman, Williams Jefferson.
Fayose distributed a link to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site holding court documents where Aisha was alleged to have transferred suspicious funds to Jefferson.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Fayose said President Buhari was far from being a clean man. “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," he said, in the statement.
The governor’s Special Assistant on New Media, Lere Olayinka, later tweeted a links to and copies of the court document detailing Aisha’s mention in the scandal. The documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, a Mrs. 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 U.S. Government Sentencing Memorandum said on page 22.