Im­mu­nity can’t stop Fayose’s pros­e­cu­tion – Mrs Buhari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

The wife of the pres­i­dent, Ha­jia Aisha Buhari, has said that Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose of Ek­iti State can­not hide un­der the cover of im­mu­nity to avoid pros­e­cu­tion from sev­eral al­leged crim­i­nal of­fences.

Her po­si­tion is con­tained in her state­ment of claims filed be­fore an FCT High Court in the defama­tion suit chal­leng­ing Gover­nor Fayose’s al­le­ga­tion link­ing her with the Har­libur­ton bribery scan­dal in the United States.

Fayose’s coun­sel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had in a re­ply to Mrs Buhari’s pre-ac­tion no­tice on July 8, stated that un­der Sec­tion 308 of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, no civil or crim­i­nal ac­tion may be brought against the gover­nor while in of­fice, ad­vis­ing her to wait till 2018.

But in the state­ment filed by her coun­sel, Is­maila Alasa and Mary Ekpere Eta, the pres­i­dent’s wife cited crim­i­nal charges on the mur­der of one Tunde Omo­jola, diversion of N1.2bn state funds in 2004 and the in­va­sion of the Ek­iti High Court with thugs who al­legedly beat up a judge in 2014 as some of the gover­nor’s ‘in­dis­cre­tions’.

“The first de­fen­dant (Fayose) is a well-known cow­ard who is scared of fac­ing the con­se­quences of his nu­mer­ous in­dis­cre­tions and sheer acts of crim­i­nal­ity by timidly hid­ing un­der the cloak of im­mu­nity to want to evade pros­e­cu­tion,” she averred.

Mean­while, Jus­tice Olukay­ode Adeniyi has ap­proved the ser­vice of the court pa­pers to Fayose and his two aides- his chief press sec­re­tary, Idowu Adelusi and his spe­cial ad­viser on New Me­dia, Lere Olayinka at the Gov­ern­ment House, Ado Ek­iti as the le­gal dis­pute pro­ceeded in the week.

The judge di­rected ser­vice of the pro­cesses on the de­fen­dants by DHL courier ser­vice and pub­li­ca­tion in an on­line me­dia plat­form.

Aisha Buhari, who has lined up 205 wit­nesses against Fayose, is seek­ing N5bn as dam­ages over the state­ments.

Fayose had in a me­dia ses­sion on June 20, al­leged that one Aisha Buhari, who al­legedly trans­ferred $170, 000 to USA con­gress­man, Wil­liam Jef­fer­son, who was con­victed in Novem­ber 2009 over the bribery scan­dal, was the pres­i­dent’s wife.

Full hear­ing is ex­pected to com­mence af­ter the court’s va­ca­tion.

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