Fayose’s surprise visit to the House – alleges attack

There was mild drama in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, on Friday, as former Governor Ayo Fayose made an unannounced appearance at the Ekiti State House of Assembly and an alleged attack on his convoy afterwards.

Fayose, in his characteristic manner, surfaced at the Assembly Complex claiming that he had come to clarify certain issues bordering on finances during his tenure as governor of the state.

But the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Funminiyi Afuye, in a press release signed by his Special Adviser, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, hinted that Fayose actually plotted to ambush the House of Assembly complex but was resisted because he came unannounced.

The Speaker, however, stated that the former Governor was accorded his due compliment on arrival at the House of Assembly “being a former No1 citizen of the State”.

He then reiterated that the House cannot be harassed or intimidated by anyone “as we are poised to investigate the alleged looting public fund without any fear or favour.”

This came barely 24hours after the ex-governor and one of his aides were summoned by the Assembly over alleged fraud.

The Assembly had in its Thursday plenary session summoned Fayose to appear before its committee on Public Account over alleged misappropriation of local government funds while in office.

Also summoned alongside the former governor are the former chairman of the Association of Local Government chairmen ALGON, Mr Dapo Olagunju, the former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Kola Kolade and all the former 16 local government chairmen.

The Assembly said that its decision followed the adoption of the recommendations of the Joint Committee of the House on Public Petition and Local Governments that were recently directed to look into a Petition submitted to the Assembly by 8 suspended council chairmen in the State

“I am here and if they need any clarification I can answer because a clear conscience fears no foe.”

Fayose went straight to the Speaker’s office and was received by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye and the Deputy Speaker Hakeem Jamiu, where he met them behind a closed door for about 40 minutes.

The former governor said he received the summon by the House through the television and decided to come to see the lawmakers. “Let me say that I got their summon on the news media and I called the Speaker last night to confirm whether it is true or not and he confirmed it. You know my style when EFCC wanted me, I told them ‘I am here’.

“Today too, I have come to the Ekiti House of Assembly to tell them, ‘I am here’ and if they need any clarification I can answer because a clear conscience fears no foe. I am saying that I am available.

“The Speaker confirmed that they don’t know that I will be coming. He said that the committee in charge is not immediately available.

“But I want to let them know that for any question whatsoever, I am a leader, I am here and I will continue to be here. So I drove all the way from Lagos to tell them that there is no hiding place for people like us. n

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