The Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed a resolution empowering Governor Ayo Fayose to set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe his immediate predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for financial misdemeanour.
The House at its plenary on Thursday presided over by Speaker Kola Oluwawole said the panel, when constituted would probe the alleged mismanagement of N852 million State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) funds and other alleged financial impropriety under the regime of the ex-governor.
Leader of Business, Tunji Akinyele (Oye 2), said the probe panel was necessary because Fayemi, who is now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, refused to honour three summons and that the Inspector General of Police failed to execute a warrant of arrest issued against him (Fayose).
Deputy Chief Whip, Dayo Akinleye (Ijero), said the House was empowered under Section 128 (2b) and Section 129 of the 1999 Constitution to investigate the finances of the state adding that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Police have failed to bring the minister to justice.
House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Abiola Jeje (Ido/Osi 2), said apart from the N852 million SUBEB funds, Fayemi must clear his name before the panel on the Awo-Eyio Road contract and Ado Ekiti flower project.
House Committee Chairman on Information, Samuel Omotoso (Oye 1), called on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to remove Fayemi from the federal cabinet for refusing to honour the summons of the Assembly to give account of his stewardship.
Omotoso explained that the House petitioned the EFCC twice to probe Fayemi alleging that the anti-graft agency did not take any action. He added that the former governor’s failure to appear before the lawmakers was an “affront on the Constitution.”
After the lawmakers’ debate, Akinyele moved the motion compelling the Executive headed by Fayose to raise either an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate Fayemi’s handling of state finances and execution of projects. The motion was seconded by Jeje.
Oluwawole said: “Fayemi has slighted this honourable House; he has been duly and legally invited on how he mismanaged the finances of the state especially the SUBEB funds and other projects.
“We have no choice than to get to this level; is Fayemi above the law of the land? The Constitution is supreme and nobody is above the law. We are calling on the state government to, as a matter of urgency, constitute an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the financial mismanagement of John Kayode Fayemi.”
The Speaker put the motion to voice vote with all the lawmakers saying “ayes” overwhelmingly after which the presiding officer banged the gavel.