From Jimoh Joseph, Ado-Ekiti
A High Court in Ado Ekiti has thrown out the suit asking that the Judicial
Commission of Inquiry to probe the financial dealings in the Minister Kayode Fayemi years in Ekiti State be dissolved and members sent home.
The Minister of Solid Minerals Development was Governor of Ekiti for four years, but failed to get a second term; and his predecessor, Ayo Fayose, wants to know how he utilised the financial resources that came his way between 2010 and 2014.
As far as the court is concerned, Fayose is lawfully empowered to set up probe panel without recourse to the state lawmakers.
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, who delivered the judgment in the suit said 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 Fayose to probe his administration from
going ahead with the exercise.
He 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.