Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has said thatshe is suing the Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose, because he defamed her character, but “more importantly” to prove to the public that no one is above the law and immunity has its limits.
Speaking through her counsel, Mary Ekpere-Eta of Mary Ekpere & Co, Legal Practitioners, Aisha Buhari said when a public officer acts irresponsibly, the immunity clause may be “unveiled”.
Fayose had on July 8, 2016, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome said that the first lady should wait until October 16, 2018, when he would be leaving office before suing as he is covered by immunity, but Mrs. Buhari said that the law also presupposes and presumes that any person holding a position of authority should be responsible.
While expressing hope that justice would be done in the case, the president’s wife stated that Fayose ought to be a role model in the society as a governor.
She defended the judiciary even before trial commences, saying getting justice in the case would have nothing to do with the influence of the first family, as the judiciary is doing its best and cannot be influenced by anybody irrespective of the office.
Counsel to the president’s wife had written a letter dated June 22, 2016, to Governor Fayose, demanding a retraction of the governor’s statement that the president’s wife was involved in the Halliburton scandal. She threatened legal action if the retraction was not made within five days.
But in the letter dated July 8, 2016, 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.”