*Challenges Ekiti Governor to produce proof linking President’s wife to US Congressman
Tobi Soniyi in AbujaThe Presidency has dismissed as laughable the “desperate attempt” by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, to link President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, to US Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009.
Reacting to Fayose’s allegations in a statement he issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said ordinarily the presidency would have ignored Fayose because he “is a man childishly obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his incurably boorish instincts.”Shehu said, however, that the presidency chose to respond on this occasion for the sake of innocent Nigerians who might be misled by Fayose’s shameless and blatant distortion of facts.According to him, ignoring Fayose carries the risk of giving traction and credibility to outright and brazen falsehoods inconsistent with the status of anybody that calls himself a governor or leader.
Shehu explained that Aisha had no direct, indirect or the remotest connection with William Jefferson’s corruption scandal in the United States.He challenged Fayose to tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly, but ignorantly shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination had any relationship by blood or any relationship in whatever form, with Buhari’s wife.Shehu also challenged Fayose to produce evidence from the records of investigation and subsequent trial of Jefferson to prove that Buhari’s wife Aisha was in anyway linked to that scandal.He explained that common names alone were not enough to automatically link innocent people to crimes or scandals, especially in an era of identity thieves.
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