The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, is in the news with a white paper, issued by the governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose, barring him from holding any public office in Ekiti state for ten years.
The development came on the heels of alleged Fayemi’s refusal to appear before a Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Fayose’s government to look into the financial transactions of the state under the administration of his predecessor, Dr Fayemi and his finance Commissioner, Mr Dapo Kolawole. They were barred based on the report of the Judicial Commission, which indicted them over alleged gross financial mismanagement while in office.
The white paper reads in part, “for their disrespect to the constituted authority and the undignified roles they played in the whole contracts saga which were obviously against the interest of the state they were supposed to protect, they are banned for holding public offices for ten years.”
Meanwhile in a swift reaction, Dr Fayemi has described the development as “laughable, ridiculous and a joke taken too far.”
For some political analysts, if the Fayemi’s purported refusal to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to clear whatever allegation is anything to go by, perhaps Fayose is justified in barring them. They argue that it is time the issue of impunity is stamped out in governance.
On the other hand, some watchers believe that this could be a strategic move to dislodge and discredit Fayemi, who has indicated interest to run for the forthcoming 2018 Ekiti gubernatorial election.
Meanwhile, political and legal observers believe that going to Court to challenge the Ekiti state government decision to implement the recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry could be Fayemi’s next option.