Ekiti State House of Assembly has summoned former Governor Ayodele Fayose to appear before its committee of Public Account over alleged misappropriation of local government funds while in office.
Ekiti State House of Assembly have also summoned 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 along with Fayose.
On Thursday, the Assembly, during its plenary yesterday, took the decision following 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.
They also summoned a former speaker of the house, Kola Oluwawole, some suspended members of the immediate past assembly over the passage of N10bn revised Appropriation Law towards the end of Fayose’s tenure.
The motion for the summon of Fayose, the former speaker and suspended former lawmakers was moved by the Leader of Government Business, Gboyega Aribisogan, on the recommendation of the report of an ad hoc committee set up to probe the passage of the N10bn revised 2018 Appropriation Law.
Also, Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, was directed to appear before the assembly “for alleged unremittance of commercial revenue of above N13m while serving as supervisor at the state-owned Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State.”
The Assembly had on December 18, 2018, suspended indefinitely the 16 council chairmen and 177 councillors to pave way for a forensic audit of the councils’ accounts over alleged fraud.
Eight were reinstated in July, following a petition they filed, appealing for their reinstatement. Others were suspended for further forensic investigation.
Presenting the report at yesterday’s plenary, the Chairman of the Public Petition Committee, Adegoke Olajide, said the remaining eight chairmen on suspension made a plea to the House for the review of their indictment and possible reinstatement.