By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has told his predecessor and Minister of Steel and Solid Mineral Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to shed the toga of fear and appear before a Commission of Enquiry probing the financial transactions of the state during his tenure.
Fayose said itâ€Ž was strange for the minister to be afraid of the law he sponsored and assented to during his reign, which constitutionally empowered a governor to set up a commission to try anyone.
Fayose made the statement in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday while reacting to the suit filed by Fayemi seeking to stop his probe by the panel.
â€ŽHe said: “The law that the House of Assembly relied on to mandate the state government to set up the panel was signed by Fayemi himself and he has gone to court to challenge the same â€Žwhen he has been asked to give account of his stewardship.
â€œDuring my inauguration speech, I gave details of the debt profile of the state. Fayemi took N25 billion bond and N31 billion commercial loans. The Securities and Exchange Commission â€Ž(SEC) were the facilitatorsÂ and they wrote to me to ask if the projects, for which the loans taken, were executed and I said no.”