Fayemi speaks on his indictment by Ekiti probe panel

Kayode Fayemi
Minister of Mines/Steel, Kayode Fayemi [Photo: ekitistate.gov.ng]

A former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has rejected the verdict of a High Court in Ekiti, which affirmed the legality of the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry probing his tenure.

He also denounced the report of the commission submitted to the state government on Wednesday, which found him culpable in the misappropriation of over N2 billion state funds.

Mr. Fayemi said his lawyers had perfected their papers on the appeal of the judgment, saying the lower court’s decision would certainly be upturned.

Speaking on his behalf on Wednesday, Mr. Fayemi’s media aide, Yinka Oyedobe, told PREMIUM TIMES that not much was expected from the lower court, but the minister was hopeful that justice would be done at the appeal court.

“It is difficult to really comment on the report submitted by the commission to the state governor because the matter is in court, but it is a clear witch-hunt to smear the name of the former governor,” Oyebode said.

“We are going on appeal and I am sure the lawyers are perfecting the plans on that and we hope to get a better judgment from the appeal court.”

The commission of inquiry, led by a retired judge, Silas Oyewole, while submitting its report said that the former governor must account for the whereabouts of N2.75 billion allocated from the N25 billion bond obtained by the government for the execution of contract for the construction of Ultra-Modern market in Ado Ekiti, which was never executed.

The commission of inquiry also said that the contractor in respect of the furnishing of the government house built by the Fayemi administration should be made to refund N324.8 million, noting that the contract should not have been more than N280 million.

The panel said it found out that KITWOOD Nigeria Limited to which the furnishing contract of over N600 million was awarded had no traceable address and that “the address on the Letter of Award is a virgin land at opposite the new Central Bank along new Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti.”

On the purchase of vehicles, the panel said claims by Coscharis Motors that it supplied 235 and/or 250 vehicles was fraudulent and fraught with so many contradictions.

The report also noted that Coscharis Motors supplied some vehicles outside Ekiti State especially, at Ibadan Liaison office when Ekiti State Government does not have a Liaison office in Ibadan. In respect of this, seven vehicles were supplied outside the state and signed for by unknown persons.

“That Coscharis Motors only supplied 219 vehicles to the Ekiti State government and that 17 Joylong Buses were supplied to the Ekiti State Government as gift but later carted away.”

The commission however failed to confirm earlier claims that Mr. Fayemi made away with N852.9 million State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) funds, but observed that the government of Mr. Fayemi “hoodwinked the federal government into paying its own matching grant by obtaining N852, 936,783.12 loan from Access Bank on November 25, 2013 without perfecting documentation in respect of the loan, thereby flouting the provisions of Section 11(2) of the UBEC Act, 2004.”

After receiving the report, the state governor, Ayo Fayose, said asking people to account for their stewardship should not be termed witch hunting.

He said leaders must be accountable and that Ekiti people had the inalienable right to know how their commonwealth was being used.


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  • Adele Uhuru

    These acts of thievery are what our political class have to offer, a continuous habit and collection of thievery both in APC and PDP – they are all selfish creatures every single one of them. But this escalation of opposition and infighting is very healthy for the country- it will inevitably reveal at-least 50-80% of corrupt practice of these thieving wolfs in sheep skin…………

    • Gaslaw

      You make so much sense….

    • Julius

      The problem is none of them is ever made to pay for what they did… face the consequences . This is why they keep doing it. ! One of our congressman is serving 3 years in jail now for using less than $10,000 out his campaign contribution to fix the kitchen in his house. That can never happen in Nigeria.

      • Adele Uhuru

        Common Jesse Jackson- the former US presidential candidate during the 1988 election – his pleaded guilty to using his campiagn funds for personal use see below

        “I used monies that should
        have been used for campaign purposes,” Jackson, 47, acknowledged to the
        judge. When Wilkins asked if Jackson realized that the guilty plea meant
        giving up the right to a trial, he responded: “I have no interest in
        wasting the taxpayers’ time or money.”
        Jackson admitted to diverting about $750,000 for personal purposes from 2005 to 2012.”
        For this he is being sentenced to 5 years also and his wife is currently facing the same issue also………but here it business as usual –

        • Julius

          I agree…we do not have anybody in this country to ever face up to or man up and accept responsibility for anything. The sad part is people from their ‘side’ which never saw a kobo from the stolen/looted monies will be crying witch hunt and marginalization…unbelievable, ain’t it.

  • mumaru

    You are requested to EXPLAIN discrepancies observed during your stewardship. What is “witch hunting” about that? Please do the needful Mr former governor.

  • mussings

    If you pay Tithe you are CURSED! —————– Pastor Adeboye
    If you don’t pay Tithe you will be a candidate for early DEATH ——— Pastor Oritsejafor
    If you vote for APC in the next election we will move you out of poverty. In fact Nigeria has improved ————- Imam Buhari

    Clearly there is something very wrong with all these men. They need psycho evaluation asap!

  • Justice and Fairness

    The Nigerian judicial system, which Fayemi is banking on, can only allow corruption to fester. The system only serves to complicate and muddle up simple cases. Fayemi has simply been asked to come forward to validate or deny claims of fraud against him while in office and his lawyers are already perfecting their papers to go up to the supreme court to prevent him to appear before a duly constituted panel. Now the facts are being shown clearly to you and you are still talking of witch hunting without commenting on the facts. RUBBISH. After all Ibori was discharged and acquitted on all charges in Nigeria, only to plead guilty to same in the UK. Deziani is fighting to be tried in Nigeria, where she is sure she would be able to bribe her way through.