A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, will commence hearing of the suit brought before it by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for accusing her of being involved in the infamous Halliburton corruption scandal.
It was gathered from Court 24 of Abuja High Court, which Justice Olukayode Adeniyi is sitting presently as vacation judge, that there was an exparte order on Wednesday for a substituted service of court processes on Governor Fayose.
It will be recalled that Fayose, shortly after his account was frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claimed through his media team that President Muhammadu Buhari could not say he was free of corruption as his wife, Aisha, was named in a bribery case involving a convicted former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson.
According to Fayose, “His wife (Aisha) 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 serialise the judgment for people to see and read.”
The president’s wife, however, denied the allegation and asked Governor Fayose to retract his false statement published in various media of June 20, 2016, and subsequent dates regarding her, but the governor had refused to retract his statement, insisting that he was right about his allegation.