Great Victory!!! Buhari’s Minister, APC Chieftain, Banned From Holding Any Public Office For 10 Years

By Post Nigeria January 16, 2018 08:14

Great Victory!!! Buhari’s Minister, APC Chieftain, Banned From Holding Any Public Office For 10 Years

The Ekiti State Government has released a white paper, barring the former Governor of the State and current Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, from holding any public office for 10 years.

The State Government also barred its former Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Kolawole, for the same number of years.

The two were barred based on the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which indicted them over alleged mismanagement of the State’s finances, between October 2010 and 2014.

The white paper declared them “as unfit to hold any public office in the State, because of their refusal to appear before this Commission of Inquiry, 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”, it added.

In a swift reaction however, Fayemi through his Special Assistant on Media, Yinka Oyebode, described the ban as “a pre-meditated verdict”, and “a joke taken too far.”

“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-hunt, 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.

“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 have 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.

“We urge the teeming supporters of Dr. Fayemi, the good people of Ekiti State, and the general public, not to be disturbed by the development. It is simply another act of illegality, from an administration that has elevated political debauchery to statecraft.

“It shall not stand. It is nothing but a joke taken too far, perhaps joke of the century.”

 

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