Ekiti Assembly directs Fayose to set up judicial panel to probe Fayemi

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday directed the Governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose to set a judicial or administrative panel of inquiry to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against Dr Kayode Faywmi, his predecessor in office.

The house decision followed the motion by the majority leader, Tunji Akinyele which was seconded by another member, Abiola Jeje.

Tunji Akinyele, Citing Section 129 of the 1999 Constitution, said that the Assembly had summoned Dr. Fayemi on March 22, 2016 and February 7, 2017, to come and defend himself over alleged diversion of N852m Universal Basic Education Board’s fund during his time.
But the former governor, according to him, refused to honour the invitation and instead wrote the assembly on one occasion stating that the explanation sought was contained in his handover note.
Before putting the motion to a voice vote, Kola Olowawole, 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 SUBEB 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.
 Samuel Omotosho, The Chairman, House Committee on Information berated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and other security agencies over their lukewarm disposition 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,” he said.
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