Fayemi’s probe: Court okays Ekiti Judicial Commission of Inquiry
.Says, ‘Fayose acted constitutionally’
A High Court in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday December 6, 2017, 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.
It confirmed that 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 Lekan Ogunmoye, who delivered the judgment in the suit filed by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode 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
He said that the governor does not need consult the House of Assembly or
anyone before setting up the commission of inquiry.
The court however agreed that the State House of Assembly had no
rights to direct the governor to set up the inquiry. 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 the panel would not be fair to him.
After the judgment, Fayemi’s counsel, Mr. Akingbade Ogunmoyela, said that the court had agreed that the State House of Assembly has no right to direct the governor to set up the inquiry, saying it was the opinion of the court based on the Ekiti Commission of Inquiry law that the governor has right to set the commission.
He said that he wouldn’t know whether or not his client would appeal the judgment.
In his reaction, counsel to the state government, Mr. Sunday Ashana, said that he was happy with the judgment because the court established that the governor has the right to set up the commission.
He stressed that the state government acted in accordance with the law that set up the commission.