The wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, who is on a week-long visit to the United States of America to hold discussions with aid organizations on how to help the women and children facing starvation in the north eastern part of Nigeria, has given reasons why she sued Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
Fayose had in a statement issued in June, following the freezing of his bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife of corruption, saying a massive estate in Abuja belonging to the president was known to him.
He also alleged that Mrs. Buhari was indicted in the U.S in a bribery case involving a convicted former American congressman, Williams Jefferson.
“Even the president cannot claim to be an angel”, the governor said, adding that “The estate he (Buhari) 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 serialize the judgment for people to see and read”.
In spite of her denial and call on Mr. Fayose to retract the allegation and apologize, he refused, insisting Mrs. Buhari was the one mentioned in the famous Jefferson bribery case and dared the wife of the president to visit the U.S if she was not guilty.
Following the expiration of an ultimatum she gave the Ekiti governor to retract his allegation and apologize for falsely accusing her of being involved in the Jefferson bribery scandal, Mrs. Buhari on July 20th, 2016 through her counsel, Mary Ekpere-Eta of Mary Ekpere & Co, Legal Practitioners, filed a N5billion defamation lawsuit against him.
Opening up for the first time outside legal documents filed on her behalf in court on why she sued the governor, Mrs. Buhari, in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, VOA, on Saturday, said it was because he attacked her for no reason, while also raising false allegations against her.
She said Mr. Fayose had been insulting her and the president since during the 2015 campaign.
“At the time, he was not the only one insulting us, but people felt that it was just campaign”, Mrs. Buhari said.
“After the election, which we won and they lost, everyone else moved on except him and he extended his insults to me.
“I did not run for president. I am a married woman and I have never called his name. I never knew him. But as governor and chief executive, he kept insulting and raising false allegations against me, I have to respond and I decided to go to court.
“He made allegations over what he said I did here in the US, even though I have never met the people he mentioned”.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.
The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
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