Vanguard (Lagos)

13 October 2006

Nigeria: The Ekiti Panel Report

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The following is a copy of the Ekiti Panel Report. 

Introduction

The Ekiti State House of Assembly, in accordance with section 188(5) of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria requested the Honourable Chief Judge of Ekiti State vide a letter dated the 26th September, 2006 to set up a seven 7-man panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose (hereinafter referred to as the Governor) and his deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Biodun Olujimi (hereinafter referred to as the Deputy Governor).

The Chief Judge of Ekiti State in accordance with relevant provisions of the same 1999 constitution inaugurated the seven (7) -man panel on the 10th of October, 2006. The names of the seven- man panel are as follows.

1. Mr. Remi Bamigboye - Chairman

2. Mr. Alli Apanisile - Member

3. Mr. Sesan Adesuyi - Member

4. Rev. Segun Da-Silva - Member

5. Chief Olu Alade - Member

6. Pastor Solomon Ajisafe Omoniyi - Member

7. Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olukogbon -Member

All the members of the panel were sworn in on the 10th of October, 2006 at the High Court premises, Ado -Ekiti.

Observation

Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, the panel sat at the High Court Number 2 at Ado Ekiti. The panel made its inaugural sitting with the counsel representing the Governor in attendance. It should be noted that neither the Ekiti State House of Assembly nor its counsel made any appearance before the panel on the 10th of October, 2006. The panel thereafter adjourned its sitting till 12th of October, 2006 by 9.00am to enable the Ekiti State House of Assembly present its case against the Governor and His Deputy.

Meanwhile, the panel wrote a letter to the Speaker to enable the Ekiti State House of Assembly, being the petitioner, to appear before the panel today (yesterday), the 12th of October, 2006.

The panel states that the Chief Judge of Ekiti State has obliged the panel a copy of the allegations as contained in the notice of impeachment against the Governor and his Deputy.

The chairman called on the Ekiti State House of Assembly to open its case. The panel observed that neither Ekiti State House of Assembly nor its legal representatives were present. The panel thereafter adjourned till 01:00pm to deliver its report.

Report

The conclusions of the panel is that having regard to section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the sensitive nature of the allegations against the governor and his Deputy, and failure of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to appear before the panel, the panel concluded that all the allegations of gross misconduct against the Governor and his Deputy as contained in the notice of impeachment dated 26th of September, 2006 are deemed abandoned by the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

It is trite that, he who alleges must prove beyond reasonable doubt in criminal allegation as it is in this case. The allegations are therefore unsubstantiated, gold-digging and therefore failed in its entirety. This panel hereby absolves the Governor and his deputy of all the allegations contained in the notice of impeachment.

Signed

Mr. Remi Bamigboye as Chairman

Mr. Alli Apanisile, Member

Mr. Sesan Adesuyi, Member

Rev. Segun Da-Silva, Member

Chief Olu Alade , Member

Pastor Solomon Ajisafe Omoniyi, Member

Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olukogbon, Member.

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