Fayose has right to probe Fayemi – Court

Fayose has right to probe Fayemi – Court

Sam Oluwalana

An Ekiti  High Court,  this morning, affirmed 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.

In his ruling, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said the  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.

Accordingly, all other Reliefs seeking to set aside and perpetually
restrain the Commission were dismissed.

Justice  Ogunmoye, averred that Governor Fayose acted pursuant to
Section 2 (1) of the Commission Inquiry Law Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti
State.

Governor 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.