"If going by the White Paper report that indicts the former Governor and Present Minister of Mines and steel Dr Kayode Fayemi and his finance commissioner, Mr Dapo Kolawole Is Anything to go by what it meant then as it stands is that the governor and his finance commissioner would no longer be eligible to contest for any political position not until after ten years, Ekiti state government has said.
The decision followed the acceptance of the report of the white paper on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry by the Ekiti State Executive Council. The ban was predicated on the refusal of the duo 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.
“Their disrespect to the constituted authority and the undignified roles they played in the whole contracts saga were obviously against the interest of the state they were supposed to protect. They are banned from holding public office in Ekiti and any part of Nigeria.
” Briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council has received and deliberated on the commission’s white paper, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi said that Ekiti State is a pacesetter when it comes to the management of finances. ” Government view accountability and probity as a hallmark of good governance. Therefore, the government decided to set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in line with its law enacted in 2012.
“The government viewed seriously the report and it intends to carry out all the recommendations in the report.” Other highlights of the white paper, the government mandated Fayemi and his Finance Commissioner to refund N2.7 billion which was allegedly allocated for the execution of the contract for an ultra-modern market but never executed. The government further directs the Ministry of Justice to institute appropriate legal actions to this effect.
“His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Dapo Kolawole should be made to account for the difference of N340 million from the N1.5 billion earmarked from the bond proceeds for the upgrade of infrastructure at Ikogosi warm spring which could not be accounted for. ” The former governor and his Finance Commissioner were to also pay other monies running to billions of Naira to the state government coffers.