Kayode Fayemi, a former governor has described the ten-year ban slammed on him from holding public office by an Ekiti state white paper as ‘a big joke’.
In a statement he issued through his media aide, Mr Fayemi said the contents of the white paper was “a pre-meditated verdict that cannot stand”.
He also challenged the authority of the state government and the state governor Ayo Fayose to to ban him from holding political office, either in Ekiti or any part of Nigeria.
“While we believe it is part of the responsibilities of the state administration to look into the finances of the state at any point in time, we are also of the belief that such must be done in a very responsible manner devoid of prejudice, witch hunting and a calculated attempt to victimise a citizen.
The Ekiti state government barred Fayemi from holding public office for at least 10 years alongside Dapo Kolawole who served as commissioner for finance in his government.
The government based its action on the report of the judicial commission of inquiry, which indicted both men over alleged mismanagement of the state’s finances between October 2010 and 2014.
Accusing his predecessor of mismanaging funds of the state, Ayodele Fayose, the incumbent governor, had set up a panel to probe his predecessor.
Fayemi had shunned all the summons of the panel which he referred to as “kangaroo”.
In a statement which the government released on Monday, it said the report of the panel found both men of being unworthy to serve the people of the state.
“A white paper released by Ekiti state government has barred a former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, from holding a public office in the state for 10 years,” the statement read.