Ekiti Assembly threatens to order ex-Gov Fayemi’s arrest

Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

For the third time, the Ekiti State House of Assembly has summoned a former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to appear before it on Tuesday.

The assembly threatened to invoke Section 129 (d) of the 1999 Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest against him if he failed to appear.

The decision came a few days after Fayemi sued the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr. Samuel Omotosho, and a Special Adviser to Governor Ayodele Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

The assembly, at its plenary on Thursday, decried the nonchalant attitude of the Minister of Steel and Mines Development to previous invitations and described this as unbecoming of a public figure who had also served as a governor.

The Leader of Business, Olatunji Akinyele, who moved the motion for the invitation, said the former governor was needed to shed light on the allegations of misappropriation and diversion of public funds made against him.

Omotoso described the court action instituted by Fayemi against him and Olayinka as a blackmail and diversionary tactics.

“The idea of going to court and looking for damages against myself and Lere (Olayinka) is diversionary. The former Fayemi is actually playing to the gallery.

“We have serious allegations of financial misappropriation against him, misapplication of funds, and fraudulent malpractices while he was the governor of Ekiti State.”


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