Ekiti Court dismisses Fayemi’s objection *Gives Fayose nod to probe ex-governor

By Editor on 06/12/2017

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday, lost the bid to stop the commission of inquiry set up by his successor in office, Ayo Fayose to probe his government, as an Ado Ekiti High Court, held that there is nothing wrong with process of setting up the panel.

In what appears an all-clear signal for the commission, the held that Fayose, was constitutionally empowered to set up the commission and by so doing, had not flouted any law in raising the panel, charged with the responsibility of to look into financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014.

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has powers to run affairs of his state and that he had exclusive rights to set up commission of inquiry without the prompting of the House of Assembly and that he properly so acted. 

Dismissing all the reliefs sought by Fayemi in the suit filed in the court, including that the court should set aside and perpetually restrain the commission from performing the function, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, held that Fayose acted pursuant to Section 2 (1) of the Commission Inquiry Law Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti State. 

The commission was charged with investigating allegations of fraud against Fayemi, during his four years in office.


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While the court held that the governor did not need consult the House of Assembly or anyone before setting up the commission, it also, agreed that the Ekiti State House of Assembly had no rights to direct the governor to set up the inquiry.

Fayose had in May, this year, constituted a judicial panel, led by a former acting chief judge of the state, Justice Silas Oyewole, to probe Fayemi’s administration between October 2010 and October 2014 over alleged financial misappropriation.

Fayemi had filed suit No. HAD/57/2017, seeking an injunction to restrain the state government and the Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by Governor Ayodele Fayose to probe his administration from going ahead with the exercise. 

The Minister for Steel and Minerals Resources Development also alleged that all the members of the panel were the governor’s apologists, adding that there was no way the panel would be fair to him. 

Reacting after the judgment, Fayemi’s counsel, Mr. Akingbade Ogunmoyela said the court has agreed that the State House of Assembly has no right to direct the governor to set up the inquiry, saying it was of the opinion of the court based on the Ekiti Commission of Inquiry law that the governor has right to set the commission. 

He said he wouldn’t know whether or not his client would appeal the judgment. 

In his reaction, counsel to the state government, Mr. Sunday Ashana said he was happy with the judgment because the court established that the governor has the right to set up the commission. He stressed the state government acted in accordance with the law that set up the commission.


Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on December, 6 2017

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