By Ibrahim Umar
A group has alleged President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha facilitated bribes to tribunal judges in order to favour Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello. The group, known as the Kogi Patriotic Front (KPF) alleged Bello shelled out N1.5 billion to the judges, with the First lady serving as his contact. The group made the allegation in a statement, titled “Kogi Governorship Tribunal & Crooks On The Bench” and signed by its president, Babatunde Matani and two others.
“Our investigations reveal that the money has been paid in foreign currency, while the justices have assured the governor that they will deliver judgment in his favour. We have reliably learnt that the First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, brokered the deal, using her relationship with Yahaya Bello, who is already boasting of victory and celebrating over judgment that has not been delivered”, the statement read.
“We have our facts and we are imploring members of the public, media, civil society organisations and the intelligentsia to go ahead and carry out their independent investigation of this scam. The KPF will come out very soon with facts to open another can of worms. Our determination to free Kogi State from the pangs of enslavement and political colonisation by the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, is a battle of no retreat, no surrender”.
The group said it was surprise Bello could cough out the humongous bribe while are owned eight months salary. The group also threatened to petition the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the matter.
The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Monday validated Bello’s election by declaring that his challenger James Faleke lacked the locus standi to institute the suit. The judgment effectively upheld the substitution of the original candidate, the deceased Abubakar Audu, with Bello, which didn’t go well with running mate Faleke.
However, Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, dismissed the allegation as “mischief and blackmail”.