By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday affirmed that the judicial panel set up by the Ekiti State government has the constitutional power to probe the administration of a former governor of the state and now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
It stated that the legality of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to look into financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014 was not in doubt, adding that Governor Ayodele Fayose has powers to run the affairs of his state.
It added that the governor has the exclusive right to set up a commission of inquiry without the prompting of the House of Assembly and that he properly so acted.
Accordingly, all other reliefs sought to set aside and perpetually restrain the commission were dismissed.
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, who delivered the judgment in the suit filed by Fayemi against the commission of inquiry set up to investigate allegations of fraud against his administration, said Governor Fayose acted pursuant to Section 2 (1) of the Commission Inquiry Law Cap C10 Laws of Ekiti State.