As the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State Government to investigate the finances of the state during the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi continued its proceedings on Thursday, an official of Coscharis Motors Nigeria Limited, Justin Ighene, has leveled allegations against the administrations of Fayemi and the incumbent, Ayo Fayose.
Fayemi and Fayose Source: TheEagleonline
Ighene said the company was awarded contract by Fayemi to supply 156 vehicles verbally, with 17 presented to the government as gifts, while Fayose, as governor elect, bought a Range Rover and two motor bikes worth N55 million and then transferred the payment to the government.
The Counsel to Coscharis Motors Nigeria Limited, Jiya Peter, guided the witness in presenting the document he submitted before the commission.Ighene said Coscharis Motors was only given letter of award of contract to supply 59 vehicles, while 156 vehicles were supplied based on verbal directive from Fayemi.
Ighene’s evidence contradicted a letter written by Coscharis Motors to the Ministry of Local Government, dated May 2, 2014.Ighene also told the panel that Fayose as governor-elect in 2015 took delivery of a Range Rover Autobiography worth N41 million and two power bikes worth N14 million on credit and passed the bill to the Ekiti State Government through the office of the then Chief of Staff.
While the Range Rover has been paid for, the two power bikes have not been paid for.The Counsel to the commission, Sunday Bamise, led Shittu Rotimi, who is the Principal Technical Officer in the General Administration Department, Transport Pool, Government House, Ado-Ekiti, in reading out the content of the exhibit he tendered.Shittu, who is in charge of procurement, furniture and distributions of the state’s vehicles, maintained that 219 vehicles were received by his office and not 235 as indicated in Coscharis Motors letter to the Ministry of Local Government, dated May 2, 2014.
Other witnesses who appeared before the commission on Wednesday and crossexamined on Thursday were Samuel Akinjide Akinleye of the Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Title and Shola Ogunmiluyi.The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Salias Oyewole, adjourned the proceedings till September 8, 2017 for further proceedings.