Following alleged noticeable discrepancies in the finances of the Ekiti State under immediate past Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the State House of Assembly , has ordered Governor Ayodele Fayose to set up Judicial or Administrative Panel to probe his predecessor.
The Assembly said the step became imperative sequel to Fayemi’s refusal to appear before the House to shed light on the alleged diversion of N852 billion Universal Basic Education Board’s fund during his time.
Relying on Section 129 0f the 1999 constitution, the Assembly had on March 22, 2016 and 7th February, 2017 ordered Fayemi to appear before it and clear his name over the foregoing allegation and many other misappropriation allegedly perpetrated during his time.
Fayemi, however refused to appear and the former governor later approached the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti and slammed N500 million libel suit on the Assembly , citing alleged defamation of character to justify his action.
The House as its plenary on Thursday , presided over by the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole, berated Fayemi for treating the Assembly with contempt, saying this was not expected of him as a former Governor of Ekiti State.
After exhaustive deliberation, where Hons Samuel Omotoso, Abiola Jeje, and Ekundayo Akinleye had contributed on the need to compel the Executive to compose the panel to probe Fayemi, the Majority Leader, Hon Tunji Akinyele moved the motion for the adoption of the motion and it was seconded by Hon Jeje.
Before putting the motion to a voice vote, the Speaker said: “Dr John Kayode Fayemi has slighted this house by his conduct by refusing to honour our invitation. This Assembly duly invited him to come and explain how he managed the finances of this state , particularly the SUBEN fund and other projects.
“The House had summoned him three times, but he disobeyed the regulation of this house. So, the State government should as a matter of urgency set up a judicial or administrative panel of inquiry to look into the finances of this State under Fayemi’s government”, he said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Omotoso slammed the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris and other security agencies over their lukewarm dispositions to arrest Fayemi despite the valid warrant of arrest issued by the Assembly against him.
“The IGP Can’t claim that Governor Fayemi is at large. He has been attending the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting and nobody even
called him for questioning or thought of arresting him. That was unfortunate.
“Let me at this time call on the Acting President , Prof Yemi Osinbajo that Fayemi has no moral standing to be a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , having breached the1999 constitution by his refusal to honour us. If we fail to act now, then the country will be operating a banana republic where there re no rules”, he said.
Honourables Jeje and Akinleye , in their submissions said the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola to live up to expectation in composing the judicial panel to unravel the mystery behind the state’s finances under the immediate past administration.