Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday described as a joke of the century the 10-year ban placed on him from holding any public office both in the state and the country by the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led Ekiti State government.
Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti State, and the Finance commissioner under his administration, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, were yesterday banned by the state government from holding any public office in the state and the country for 10 years.
The decision against Fayemi and his erstwhile commissioner was taken at the State Executive Council meeting, which deliberated on the white paper on the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the finances of Ekiti State between October 2010 and October 2014.
The seven-man panel set up by Governor Fayose and headed by Justice Oyewole had on December 13, 2017 submitted its reports to the state government for necessary action.
But Fayemi described the decision of the panel as a joke taken too far, saying Fayose chose the crude and ignoble path towards hitting a perceived political foe.
In a statement signed by his senior special assistant on media, Oluyinka Oyebode, the former governor noted that the outcome of the panel report was a “pre-meditated verdict of the Ekiti State Government”.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP noted: “While we believe it is part of the responsibilities of the state administration to look into the finances of the state at any point in time, we are also of the belief that such must be done in a very responsible manner devoid of prejudice, witch hunting and a calculated attempt to victimise a citizen.
“In this particular case, the entire process is discredited right from the beginning, as the only agenda of the panel was to rubbish Dr Kayode Fayemi’s public service record.
“One is therefore not surprised at the recommendations of the White Paper: It only goes to confirm our initial position that the panel was compromised right from inception and targeted against Dr Fayemi.
“In his desperation, Governor Fayose chose the crude and ignoble path towards hitting a perceived political foe. In the process, they ignored the rule of law and behaved as if the court does not matter. Thus making their actions subjudice to the court”.
The statement further noted: “Fayose was however misguided into believing that he could pass a death sentence on Dr Fayemi’s public service with the white paper. This is not only laughable, but ridiculous, as neither Governor Fayose nor his paid agents has the power to bar anyone from political participation.
“The entire process and the character personae involved are discredited and since it is impossible to build something on nothing, legally speaking, their recommendation is not only null and void, it is ultra vires”.
Fayemi urged his teeming supporters and the people of Ekiti State as well as the general public not to be disturbed by the development, saying, “it is simply another act of illegality, from an administration that has elevated political debauchery to state craft.
“It shall not stand. It is nothing but a joke taken too far, perhaps joke of the century”, he added.
The state government had premised its action on the refusal of Fayemi, who is the current Minister of Mines and Steel Development and the former commissioner to appear before the commission even after the determination of the case challenging the inauguration of the commission of Inquiry before the Ekiti State High Court.
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