The High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday affirmed that the judicial panel set up by the Ekiti State government has the constitutional power to probe the administration of a former governor of the state and now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
It stated that the legality of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to look into financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014 was not in doubt, adding that Governor Ayodele Fayose has powers to run the affairs of his state.
It added that the governor has the exclusive right to set up a commission of inquiry without the prompting of the House of Assembly and that he properly so acted.
Accordingly, all other reliefs sought to set aside and perpetually restrain the commission were dismissed.
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, who delivered the judgment in the suit filed by Fayemi against the commission of inquiry set up to investigate allegations of fraud against his administration, said Governor Fayose acted pursuant to Section 2 (1) of the Commission Inquiry Law Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti State.
Governor of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have taken a swipe at the government of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the scandals that have rocked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ekit State Governor Ayodele Fayose spoke on behalf of his colleagues during the opening session of the 76th PDP National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja.
He said, “If we don’t expose them (APC government), nobody will do so.
“The APC is now in many scandals, we have to keep our voices up to expose them. Armed robbers calling people thieves, who are the armed robbers now?
“We must tell the whole world that the PDP is the best place to be; the last convention was applauded. I want to believe that this one will be the same.
“In this convention, there will be winner and loser, but in all, the party must win.
“The fact that you did not win should not make you to destroy the party,” Fayose said.
Present at the meeting were Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and the deputy governor of Bayelsa state, John Jonah.
The Ekiti State government has presented a brand new Land Cruiser 2016 Model Jeep to the first executive governor of the state, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
The gift which was described by the Ekiti State Liaison Officer (Lagos), Mr. Toyin Akilo as a wonderful initiative by the Ayo Fayose administration is in line with the government’s severance policy regarding its past political office holders.
Taking delivery of the vehicle on behalf of Otunba Adebayo at their Ikoyi residence on Monday, wife of the former governor, Erelu Angela Adebayo in her remarks after signing the delivery documents said her countenance says it all about the kind gesture.
“You know I am the quiet type, I have always been quiet but you can tell from my smile when I am happy, so you can see I am smiling”, Erelu Adebayo said.
Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo served as the first democratically elected governor of Ekiti State from 29th May 1999 till 29th May 2003.