Ekiti Bans Fayemi from Holding Public Offices For 10 Years
The Ekiti State Government has banned Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, from holding political office in the state and other parts of the country for 10 years.
This is according to a Government White Paper released in Ado Ekiti on Monday.
The white paper was read to journalists by the state Commissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, at the end of an emergency State Executive Council meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the white paper was the outcome of the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
The state government had set up the commission to look into the financial transactions of the state under the administration of Fayemi.
It was mandated to submit its report on December 13, 2017.
Also banned for the same length of period along with Fayemi, was his then Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Kolawole.
According to the White Paper, both Fayemi and his Commissioner for Finance have been declared unfit to hold any public position in the state and any part of Nigeria.
Specifically, Fayemi was asked to account for the whereabouts of N2.75 billion allocated from the N25 billion bond obtained by his administration.
The money was for the construction of an ultra-modern market in Ado Ekiti, which was never executed.
The commission also said that the contractor, in respect of the furnishing of the new Government House built by Fayemi should be made to refund N324.8 million.
According to it, the furnishing contract should not have been more than N280 million.
The panel said it found out that KITWOOD Nig. Ltd., to which the furnishing contract of more than N600 million was awarded had no traceable address.
It said: “The address on the letter of award was a virgin land opposite the new Central Bank along new Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti.’’
Also on the purchase of vehicles, the panel said “claim by Coscharis Motors that it supplied 235 and/or 250 vehicles was fraudulent and fraught with so many contradictions’’.
Meanwhile, he Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has challenged the 10-year ban slammed on him from holding political office by an Ekiti State Government White Paper.
Fayemi, in a statement issued on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Yinka Oyebode, to newsmen on Monday in Ado Ekiti, described the action as “a big joke’’.
According to the statement, the contents of the White Paper were “a pre-meditated verdict that cannot stand’’.
It said neither Governor Ayo Fayose nor his government had the constitutional powers to ban him from holding political office, either in Ekiti or any part of Nigeria.
The statement said: “While we believe it is part of the responsibilities of the state administration to look into the finances of the state at any point in time, we are also of the belief that such must be done in a very responsible manner devoid of prejudice, witch hunting and a calculated attempt to victimise a citizen.
“In this particular case, the entire process is discredited right from the beginning, as the only agenda of the panel was to rubbish Fayemi’s public service record.
“One is therefore not surprised at the recommendations of the White Paper, it only goes to confirm our initial position that the panel was compromised right from inception and targeted against the former governor.
“In his desperation, Fayose chose the crude and ignoble path towards hitting a perceived political foe.
It added that: “In the process, they ignored the rule of law and behaved as if the court does not matter, thus making their actions subjudiced to the court.
“Fayose was misguided into believing that he could pass a death sentence on Fayemi’s public service with the white paper, this is not only laughable, but ridiculous, as neither him nor his paid agents have the power to bar anyone from political participation.
“The entire process and the character personae involved are discredited and since it is impossible to build something on nothing, legally speaking, their recommendation is not only null and void, it is a joke taken too far.
“We urge the teeming supporters of the minister, the good people of Ekiti State and the general public not to be disturbed by the development; it is simply another act of illegality, from an administration that has elevated political debauchery to state craft.”