Fayose in fresh trouble over misappropriation of state funds

Immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has been summoned by the Ekiti Assembly lawmakers over misappropriation of local government funds alongside with the ex-speaker of the state.

Those invited for questioning by the Ekiti Assembly are former Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr. Dapo Olagunju, former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs Mr. Kola Kolade and 16 former local government chairmen.

The Assembly, in its plenary yesterday, took the unanimous decision sequel to the adoption of the recommendations of the joint committee of the House on Public Petition and Local Governments on a petition submitted to the Assembly by eight suspended PDP council chairmen.

Olajide said the suspended chairmen during an appearance before the committee confessed to having diverted funds of their councils on monthly the basis to an account, but said the action was in compliance with the directive of the immediate past governor.

He said the council chairmen, who provided documents to back up their allegations, claimed that the instruction to withdraw the councils’ fund was often passed to them through Olagunju and Kolade.

The assembly also summoned a former Speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, some suspended members of the Fifth Assembly as well as the former governor over the passage of an N10 billion revised appropriation law towards the end of the former governor’s tenure.

Meanwhile, Fayose’s media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, was also directed to appear before the lawmakers for alleged un-remittance of revenue of above N13 million while serving as a supervisor at the state-owned broadcasting service.

In response to the summoned, Fayose through his Media aide, said: “Fayose will not dignify an Assembly of clowns, who are under the total control of a governor, who is desperately in search of ways to cover his electoral thievery and failure to secure the acceptance of Ekiti people.

“If they have any evidence of financial impropriety against him (Fayose), they can ask the man who used SMS to appoint them to invite EFCC operatives and accommodate them in the Government House as he has done on many occasions. As for us, we are moving on.”

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