Former Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, earlier today visited the state house of assembly, after he was summoned over alleged misappropriation of local government funds while in office.
Though there was drama in the House after he was asked by lawmakers to return back home, and come on a later date.
The decision of the Assembly to summon the immediate past governor followed the adoption of the recommendations of the Public Account Committee saddled by the House to investigate the allegation of misappropriation of local government funds by the past chairmen.
The Committee had earlier recommended the suspension of all the 16 local government chairmen but later reinstated eight of them.
Presenting his report, the Chairman of the Public Account Committee, Adegoke Olajide, said the remaining eight chairmen, who are on suspension, made a plea to the Assembly for the review of their indictment and possibly reinstatement.
He said the concerned chairmen, during an appearance before the committee, confessed to having diverted funds of the council on monthly basis to an account but said the action complied with the directive of the immediate past governor.
He said the chairmen, who provided documents to back up their allegations, claimed that the instruction to withdraw the council fund was often passed to them through the former ALGON chairman, Mr. Olagunju and the Commissioner for Local Government.
Well, it turns out the lawmakers weren’t expecting Fayose so soon, as he was asked to return home.
Speaking on the turn of events on his verified Twitter handle, Fayose said, “I just left the Ekiti House of Assembly where I met with the Speaker and some Principal Officers. I’m a clear conscience, I fear no accusation.”
The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly also went on to state that the former Governor of the State, Mr Ayo Fayose’s ambush to the House of Assembly complex was resisted because he came unannounced.
The Speaker in a press release signed by his Special Adviser, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, disclosed that after the resolution of the House of Assembly at the plenary yesterday inviting the former Governor to appear before the House, he called the Speaker to confirm if the report was true. The Speaker confirmed to Mr Fayose’s it was true and that was the end of the discussion.
The statement further disclosed that after Fayose’s phone call, the Speaker intimated two of the lawmakers of his conversion with the erstwhile governor.
Just as the Speaker was settling down in his office this afternoon, Mr. Fayose stormed his office with a retinue of press men led by his former media aide, Mr Lere Olayinka, who was equally wanted on another alleged fund stealing. The Speaker who was accompanied in his office by two other lawmakers immediately stopped the journalists from entering his office and warned Mr Olayinka against writing any fake report as it’s usual of him.
When Mr Fayose announced his readiness to the Speaker, he was told to go back and await the official invitation letter from the House of Assembly.
Rt Hon Afuye however stated that the former Governor was accorded his due compliment on arrival at the House of Assembly ”being a former No1 citizen of the State”. He then reiterated that the House cannot be harassed or intimidated by anyone ”as we are poised to investigate the alleged looting public fund without any fear or favour”