- The Ekiti state House of Assembly has approved the 10 billion naira supplementary budget request by Governor Ayodele Fayose
- Governor Fayose was said to have asked the lawmakers to pass the budget before he hands over government in a month's time
- The governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, reportedly cautioned Fayose against illegal appropriation of public funds
Emerging reports claimed that the Ekiti state House of Assembly on Thursday, September 13, approved the N10 billion supplementary appropriation presented to it by the Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
At the closed-door sitting, Speaker Kola Oluwawole and 13 other lawmakers were said to have examined the proposal and passed it within an hour.
The Cable reports that journalists were chased out of the hallowed chamber before the commencement of the proceedings.
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The appropriation bill forwarded to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, September 12, by Governor Fayose had generated anger with the governor elect, Kayode Fayemi as he threaten severe consequences for whoever took part in what he described as the fraudulent action.
It was learnt that the approval came exactly a month and three days to the end of Fayose’s second governorship stint, with his predecessor Kayode Fayemi set to take over from him on October 16.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose ordered the Ekiti House of Assembly to approve a supplementary Appropriation Bill of about N10 billion, a month to his handover.
This order has reportedly caused tension among the lawmakers, who allegedly described the bill as 'ridiculous'.
The supplementary budget came at a time the controversy over the purchase of a 2018 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) as a "parting gift” for the governor has not died down.
In a letter conveying the bill, Fayose urged the lawmakers to approve N9,926,527,772.86 to be spent before he steps down from power on October 16. What the N9.92 billion would be expended on was sketchy at the time of filing this report.
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In a related development, Ekiti state's governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to refrain from actions capable of plunging the state into further financial crisis through irregular and unconstitutional means.
The governor-elect, in a statement issued by the media director of his campaign organisation, Wole Olujujobi, said the consequences of illegal appropriation of public funds would be very grave for individuals who participated in any illegal act to defraud the state.
Fayemi counselled ministry officials and Assembly members against being used for illegal appropriation of public funds.
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