THE continued sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the finances of Ekiti State during the administration of the former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been described as a contempt of court. Counsel to Fayemi, Chief Rafiu Balogun, who appeared before the Justice Silas Oyewole- led panel on yesterday insisted that his client will not appear before the seven-member jury on how the state funds were spent during his tenure.
Balogun who was in court for the adoption of his application filed on September 12 also prayed the panel to stay further proceeding on the matter and that Fayemi should be excused from appearing. Counsel to the panel, Mr. Sunday Bamise, argued that Fayemi’s counsel could not bring an oral submission of his brief of argument but must file a written address in order to save time. Fayemi’s counsel, Balogun, countered Bamise urging the panel to compel its counsel to file his written address promising to file his (Balogun’s) reply. Balogun also urged the panel to allow him file his reply on the appearance of the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development during the administration of Fayemi, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, who was also summoned by the panel to appear before it and give evidence.
Fayemi had filed cases before the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti and High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the matters that touch on the terms of reference of the panel. Balogun described the resolution passed by the Ekiti State House of assembly empowering Governor Ayo Fayose to set up the panel as an abberation and deliberate contempt for the pendency of suits filed against the state parliament. The lawyer further stressed that the action negated the Standing Rules of the Ekiti State House of Assembly which forbids discussion of matters pending before the court of law.
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