lIt’s an exercise in futility — Fayemi
By Dapo Akinrefon
GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday, engaged in war of words over the setting up of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to investigate allegations of fraud against the Fayemi administration.
Governor Fayose said the commission was in compliance with the recent resolution of the Ekiti State House of Assembly directing the governor to do so.
The Commission, which is expected to submit its findings in three months, was inaugurated by the state government.
But in a swift reaction, the former governor who is currently the Minister for Steel and Minerals Resources Development said that the inauguration of a judicial commission to probe his administration in the state is an exercise in futility.
Explaining the rationale behind the development, governor Fayose, whose speech was read by the Secretary to State Government, SSG, Mrs. Modupe Alade, at the government office Exco chambers, Ado-Ekiti, said: “In compliance with the resolution of the State House and pursuant to the powers conferred on Mr. Governor in section 2 of the Ekiti State Commission of Enquiry Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, His Excellency, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, has set up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to look into the financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014.”
The Commission, which is headed by retired Justice Silas Bamidele Oyewole of the Ekiti State High Court, has as its terms of reference, to include; to ascertain how much Ekiti State Government received as statutory allocations during the period under review and how same were disbursed; look into the financial transactions of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014; ascertain the amount received on behalf of the State from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC); investigate the allegations of fraud/loss of funds, including the diversion and conversion of the UBEC funds; ascertain the amount that the Ekiti State Government tool as loans during the period under review and how they were utilized; including all other issues relating to the finances of the Ekiti State Government within the period under review, and to make appropriate recommendations to the Ekiti State government.”
It’s an exercise in futility –
Dr Kayode Fayemi
Fayemi, who reacted through his media aide, Yinka Oyebode said the governor’s action is at variance with the laws of the land which makes it subjudice for anyone to entertain a matter that is already before a court of competent jurisdiction.
He said: “It is obvious, Governor Fayose is desperate to probe the administration of his predecessor in office, Dr Kayode Fayemi for personal vendetta. Yet, he is advised to be guided by the rule of law and decency in this wild goose chase.
”The governor and members of the panel are reminded that the two cases involving the House of Assembly, its leadership and top officials of the present administration are still pending in an Abuja High Court and a Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, thus making it an act of illegality for another panel to look into the matter.”
“The governor is advised to concentrate on the serious task of governance and refrain from shadow chasing which the current pursuit of personal vendetta through a kangaroo committee clearly represents.”