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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Fayose replies Aisha Buhari, insists she was named in Halliburton scandal

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor
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Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor Photo:Pulse.ng
The counsel to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mike Ozekhome, has replied the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, through her counsel, Mary Ekpere & Co, justifying the governor’s claim that Mrs. Buhari was mentioned in the Halliburton scandal (sic).

 
PREMIUM TIMES has repeatedly explained that no Aisha Buhari was named in the Halliburton bribery scandal and that Mr. Fayose was merely confusing the Williams Jefferson bribery case with the Halliburton bribery scandal

But in a letter dated July 8, 2016, Mr. Ozekhome affirmed that the statement made regarding the involvement of Mrs. Buhari in the Halliburton scandal was “correct and justified in law, having regards to a court judgment convicting one Mr William Jefferson for bribery in the Halliburton case”.

The counsel to the president’s wife, Mary Ekpere & Co had written a letter dated June 22, 2016, to Mr. Fayose, demanding a retraction of the governor’s statement that the president’s wife was involved in the Halliburton scandal, threatening legal action if the retraction was not made within five days.

However, Mr. Ozekhome said the statement of Governor Fayose was correct and justified, having been factually premised on an existing court judgment.

The letter read; “Our client has referred to us your letter dated 22nd June, 2016, on alleged defamation of the character of your client, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,

with firm instructions to reply to and reject same in its entirety.

“Our client states and reaffirms categorically that the statement he made as regards the involvement of Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Buhari, in the Halliburton scandal, is correct and justified in law; having regards to a court judgement convicting one Mr William Jefferson for bribery in the Halliburton case.

“Therein, the name of the President’s wife featured conspicuously. At page 22 of the said judgment delivered by the United State District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, USA, in

criminal No 1: 07CR209, the said Mr William Jefferson was sentenced at 9.00 am on November 13, 2009, by Mark D, Lytle. Your client, Mrs Aisha Buhari was specifically mentioned in the judgment. The judge referred to Exhibits 36-87 in the following words, for clarification;


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