Court to Fayemi: Fayose has power to set up Judicial Commission of Inquiry

Giving the judgement, Justice Ogunmoye rejected 10 reliefs of the first defendant and granted six reliefs of the claimant

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has delivered judgement on the application filed by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, against the setting up of Judicial Commission of Inquiry by the state government to look into the financial transaction of the state between 2010 and 2014.
Giving the judgement, Justice Ogunmoye rejected 10 reliefs of the first defendant and granted six reliefs of the claimant.
The court said Governor Ayo Fayose is permitted by the constitution to run affairs of his state and that he has exclusive right to set up the Commission of Inquiry.
Fayemi had contended that Ekiti State House of Assembly did not have monopoly of power to direct the Governor to set up the commission.
Reacting after the judgement, the counsel to the former Governor, Akingbade Ogunmoyela, said the court has agreed that the state House of Assembly has no right to direct the governor to set up the inquiry, adding that it was of the opinion of the court based on the Ekiti Commission of Inquiry law that Fayose has right to set the commission.
Ogunmoyela said he did not know whether his client would appeal the judgement or not.
In his reaction, the counsel to the state government, Sunday Ashana, said he was happy with the judgement because the court established that the governor has the right to set up the commission.
Ashana stressed the state government acted in accordance with the law that set up the commission.

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