You can’t probe how I spent bailout funds, Fayose tells Senate

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State Government has rebuffed the plan by the Senate to investigate utilisation of bailout funds granted the state to settle salary arrears by the Federal Government.

Generally, the Ayo Fayose-governed Ekiti said, Nigeria’s federal system does not give the Senate the constitutional power to exercise oversight over finances of the states.

PREMIUM TIMES understands the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration led by Gumel Abubakar (APC-Jigawa), had written some states, including Ekiti, since November 3, telling them its intention to probe how the funds were disbursed.

In his letter, Mr. Abubakar told the governors that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed his worry to the National Assembly on the application of bailouts granted to some states; and consequently, Senate President Bukola Saraki directed his committee to conduct oversight on the disbursement of salary bailouts.

“Your Excellency, it is based on this directive that the Committee will undertake a tour of all states that have benefited from bailout with the view to oversight records of transactions for the salary bailout grant,” the Senate wrote.

But Ekiti State, in a November 11 letter received on November 14, faulted the plan by the Senate.

The letter was signed by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi.

Mr. Ajayi said although Ekiti appreciated the intentions of the federal lawmakers, the government would not open its books to the Senate due to constitutional impediments.

The letter read in part: “It is incontrovertible that the duty of oversight of government’s financial activities by the legislative arm in Nigeria is a constitutional matter and the diligent performance of this duty in a time like this, when our nation is in economic recession, cannot be overemphasised.

“We therefore appreciate the intentions and aspirations of the National Assembly in the above regard, which, we have no doubt, are aimed at ensuring fiscal discipline, financial integrity, accountability and probity of government and its relevant agencies at all levels.

“However, we respectfully wish to observe that we are constrained, as a state government bound by the principles of federalism and the rule of law, to accede to your proposal to exercise oversight powers over the disbursement of the bailout granted to Ekiti State by the Federal Government because it is legally and constitutionally outside the powers of the Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“In this regard, we wish to draw your attention to the clear provisions of Sections 121, 122, 123, 124, 125 and 125 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which vests the powers of oversight functions in respect of states’ finances exclusively in the respective state Houses of Assembly.”

On April 22, anti-graft agency, ICPC, released a report, detailing how the states diverted the bailout funds.
Pressed to comment by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Abubakar, the Senate committee chairman, sent a text, saying he was not in Nigeria and would comment on his return later this week.


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  • Spoken word

    this thug only knows how to quote the law after stealing funds.he forgets there is judgement day that he cannot avoid.

  • Bright Henry

    Fayose don steal the bail out funds come they talk story. That same Constitution he is busy quoting gave the National Assembly general oversight functions of all the state house of Assembly. That is why in times of crisis in state houses of Assembly, the NASS takes over. Fayose what r u hiding?

  • Man_Enough

    the argument is fallacious. this is a federal government budgetary allocation and as such has to be monitored by federal agents or federal legislator. what the ag is referring to may come into play in the areas of statuary federal allocations.

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    I know Fayose will come with his own version if he was not invited he would have been the first to mock those invited? let him honor the invitation

  • Arabakpura

    He should have refused to take the money since it was not appropriated by the state house of assembly!

    • Julius

      Thank you.

  • St

    Oh Baba Fayose, do it for your people na abi a lot of d money don enter voicemail

  • Beth

    The money must have been embezzled hence this resistant.

  • peace ambarsedor

    why are you scared fayose?. if your hands are clean, then feel free. except you know nah……

  • British Nigerian

    The cash was bound to be looted. It’s not rocket science. A whole state cannot boast of any meaningful work than to collect handout for sharing every month? If the federal gov is offering free money, why won’t there be takers?

    The system produces “state-wide laziness” derived from a strong “sense of entitlement”. The dependancy cycle is indefinite and CANNOT be broken until you get states to become productive again.

  • Julius

    I wonder why the same constitution allows the FGN to bail out states in times of distress . He was happy to receive the fund but now refusing to tell the same FGN how he spent it. Yup, thats Fayose for you.

  • sammyctu ode

    Blame FG for giving bailout funds to a con man in the first place. They know that they are dealing with a deranged non conformist thug so why bail him out in the first place? FG is not bailing out Ekiti state but fayose so that he could recoup the billions seized from him.
    I just hope 6 months to the expiration of his term in 2018 DSS and EFCC will deploy all their agents to Ekiti state to arrests the thug in shackles and whisk him to Abuja. His bail must be set at N2Trillion and his surety must be PMB and the First Lady.

  • ijelejames

    FG cannot probe you but God will probe you, thief.

    • Kallah Baturek

      Where are the gullible individuals who back this thug whenever he shouts.You can now clearly see what the man is made of.Collecting money from a source and refusing to give honest return on how it was expended.What an impunity?

    • dele20

      Fayoshame will surely pay for it

  • fajuyi

    Nawaaaa oooo Ayo fayose Naa only you always wakaa come. God dey oooo. Eni to tafaa soke to yi odo bori, bi Oba Ekiti kori ee OLOHUN ri oooo Lobatan.

  • Powerlessconscious

    Biafra. Your warrior and symbol has spoken. Over to you. Fayose. The man of biafraud.

    • dele20

      Why are you displaying trash?

      • Powerlessconscious

        Are you a biafraud? Because every tribe has biafraud.

  • International games

    If Bail Out funds were given by the Federal Executive Arm of Government OUTSIDE of the Budgetary process, then the Federal Senate cannot seek to investigate the State. That means, Federal House did not budget for it.
    Now, even if Federal House did not Budget for it, but Federal Executive arm of Government put a clause for Audit in the conditions for the fund, then the Executive Arm ALONE can investigate the use of the funds. Fayose is right. That does not mean that he is not hiding something. I am only addressing the Constitutionality of a Federal system.

    • Kallah Bature

      Since Fayose is hiding behind immunity I suggest the State’s Attorney General and the Commissioner of Finance should be interrogated by the EFFC on how the bail out funds were spent.

      • Observer

        hmmm… wisdom.. guy you make sense

    • Powerlessconscious

      Fake and evil analysis. With no true reference in the laws of the land. Let us see how you will tell God not to investigate you in the day of judgement. If you are not a thief. You should not be afraid of investigation.

  • Observer

    By the time they start dealing with this guy come 2018, I awaits the wailers that will call it witch hunting, well, he will be the chief prisoner among the dreaded Boko Haramittes, just as how his partner(FFK) in crime claimed