The Ekiti State House of Assembly has reiterated that the immediate-past governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, remained a wanted person having issued a bench warrant against him.
The Assembly said this in reaction to a N500m suit reportedly filed by the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development against the House.
The lawmakers had summoned Fayemi to come and defend himself over an allegation that he mismanaged the state Universal Education Management Board.
Fayemi, in the suit filed by his counsel, Rafiu Balogun, said the action of the lawmakers was politically motivated and done in bad faith.
He demanded N500m from the defendants as general damages for the ‘embarrassment, odium, contempt and public ridicule’ the issuance of the summons and arrest warrant had caused him, having been widely circulated in the print, electronic and online media.
According to him, the summons and warrant of arrest issued against him by the assembly were done in gross violation of the provisions of sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
However, in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday, the EKHA Chairman, Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development, Samuel Omotoso, maintained that the former governor’s antics were efforts in futility.
He said, “As a former governor and a serving minister, one would have expected him to understand due process, especially as it relates to service of court processes which is at the instance of the bailiffs. Rather than communicating with the Assembly through any court process (if any), or through the appropriate channels, Kayode Fayemi prefers the comical way of media blitz and sensationalism which is fast becoming the pastime of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government and its cohorts.”