The government of Ekiti state has barred Kayode Fayemi, the minister of solid minerals and a former governor of the state and others from holding public office for at least 10 years.
Dapo Kolawole, who served Fayemi as commissioner for finance, has also been barred for the same number of years.
The action is said to be based on the report of the judicial commission of inquiry, which indicted both men over alleged mismanagement of the state’s finances between October 2010 and 2014.
In a statement which the government released on Monday, it said the report of the panel found both men of being unworthy to serve the people of the state.
“A white paper released by Ekiti state government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, from holding a public office in the state for 10 years,” the statement read.
“The report declared them as unfit to hold any public office in the state. The judicial commission of inquiry set up by Ekiti State Government to look into the financial transactions of the state under the administration of Dr. Fayemi had said that the former governor must refund a sum of N2.75 billion allocated from the N25 billion bond obtained by the government for the execution of contract for the construction of Ultra-Modern market in Ado Ekiti, which was never executed.
“The commission of inquiry also said that the contractor in respect of the furnishing of the government house built by the Fayemi’s administration should be made to refund a sum of N324.8 million, noting that the contract should not have been more than N280 million.
“The panel said it found out that KITWOOD Nigeria Limited to which the furnishing contract of over N600 million was awarded had no traceable address and that the address on the Letter of Award is a virgin land at opposite the new Central Bank along new Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti.
“These and several other revelations were made known when the commission of inquiry submitted its report to the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose. The panel was headed by Justice Silas Oyewole (rtd).
“On the purchase of vehicles, the panel said ‘claim by Coscharis Motors that it supplied 235 and/or 250 vehicles was fraudulent and that fraught with so many contradictions.
“That Coscharis Motors supplied some vehicles outside Ekiti State especially, at Ibadan Liaison office when Ekiti State Government does not have a Liaison office in Ibadan. In respect of this, seven vehicles were supplied outside the State and signed for by unknown persons.
“On the controversial N852.9 State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) fund, the commission said it was clear that the Government of Dr Fayemi hoodwinked the federal government into paying its own matching grant by obtaining N852, 936,783.12 loan from Access Bank on November 25, 2013 without perfecting documentation in respect of the loan, thereby flouting the provisions of Section 11(2) of the UBEC Act, 2004.”