The Former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi will not appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the management of the state finances during his administration, his lawyer has said.
At the panel’s sitting, Fayemi’s counsel, Chief Rafiu Balogun, said he was entering a “conditional appearance” in protest for his client.
He explained that Fayemi, who is now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, received summons of the panel but would not appear in view of circumstances that predated the constitution of the panel.
Balogun applied to make an oral application but was advised by the Commission Chairman, Justice Silas Oyewole, to make a formal application in line with the rules of the panel.
The panel, however, ordered Balogun to file an application excusing the former governor from appearing on Monday, September 11.
The panel also ordered the appearance of Commissioner for Finance during the Fayemi administration, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, to appear before it on September 11.
This was after Balogun had prayed for an adjournment for Kolawole, who was summoned to give evidence on Wednesday (yesterday).
Counsel to the panel, Mr. Sunday Bamise, had earlier claimed that a lawyer, Mr. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, received the summons on behalf of Kolawole, a claim which was vehemently refuted by another counsel, Mr. Adeoye Aribasoye.