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Fayose: Ekiti Assembly summons ex-governor, media aide for ‘stealing public funds’

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly has summoned the immediate past governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, for misappropriating public funds.

The assembly also summoned Dapo Olagunju, former chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state; Kola Kolade, former commissioner for local government affairs in Ekiti; and 16 former local government chairmen in the state.

Lere Olayinka, Fayose’s media aide, will also be questioned for misappropriating more than N13 million commercial revenue while serving as a supervisor at the state broadcasting service.

Ayokunle Yemisi, chairman of the house committee on media and public affairs, alleged that Olayinka mismanaged the fund of the state broadcasting service which subjected the organization to serious debt.

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According to her, Olayinka bought two cellphones at N430,000, and approved for himself a travel allowance of N7 million and accommodation fees of about N14 million.

But in his reaction, Olayinka, in a statement, said Fayose will not subject himself to the scrutiny of those, who according to him, are under the control of the incumbent governor.

“Ex-Governor Ayo Fayose will not dignify an assembly of clowns who are under the total control of a governor who is desperately in search of ways to cover his electoral thievery and failure to secure the acceptance of Ekiti people,” he said.

“If they have any evidence of financial impropriety against him (Fayose), they can ask the man who used SMS to appoint them to invite EFCC operatives and accommodate them in the Government House as he has done on many occasions. As for us, we are moving on.”

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