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PDP Chieftain Named In Halliburton Scandal Speaks On Aisha Buhari’s ‘Involvement’

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The debate over Aisha Buhari’s involvement in the celebrated Halliburton bribery scandal has attracted the intervention of a chieftain of the opposition party who has exonerated the wife of the president.
Oyewole Fasawe, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain heavily indicted in the Williams Jefferson bribery scandal has exonerated Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari from the financial crime which the United States of America has urged Nigeria to unravel and bring offenders to book.
Fasawe criticized the governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Peter Fayose over the spurious allegations made against the wife of the president.
According to Premium Times, the accusation is “fallacious, baseless, misinformed and defamatory” as emphasized by Fasawe.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Fasawe said Mrs. Buhari was not connected “in any way” to the transaction.

Mr. Fasawe is the Nigerian businessman mentioned in the scandal involving Mr. Jefferson, an ex-U.S. Congressman.

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“We were the ones in government, and she was never a member of our party or my business associate. So, how could she have been involved in the first place,” Mr. Fasawe said.

The PDP chieftain said he had a business venture with Mr. Jefferson – who is now serving a 13-year jail term in the US – which went awry “based on misplaced trust”.

“I was convinced the Triple Play Cable Television Network was the future of home entertainment in Nigeria,” said Mr. Fasawe.

“I invested considerably in the business – even having to approach my bank for further investments.

“Unfortunately all went down the drain having been dealing with a fraud and a dupe in the person of Jefferson who used his office and the image of his nation to convince me iGate was a reputable Telecommunication Equipment Vendor.”

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