Minister of Solid Minerals and former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has instituted a libel suit against Lere Olayinka, Governor Ayodele Fayose’s spokesman and a member of the Ekiti House of Assembly, Dr. Samuel Omotoso.
In the suit, which he filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Wednesday, Fayemi is seeking payment of N3m to cover for what he termed the aggravated damages, which the defendants allegedly caused him.
Fayemi said he was impugned by the defendants through statements allegedly made by them on July 6, 2016 when appeared on Ekiti State Television, during a live programme tagged Ejiire.
Fayemi claimed that during the programme, which was also aired on a cable network, Startimes, the defendants said he illegally took N1.5bn from Ekiti treasury and gave it to the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, to win the 2015 presidential election.
Fayemi also claimed that Olayinka said he (Fayemi) illegally collected N5bn from Ecobank in the name of Fountain Holdings for purported road construction.
Fayemi claimed that Olayinka also accused him of spending state’s funds to build a private university for himself in Ghana.
His lawyer, Balogun, held that the defendants, through their alleged statements, portrayed his client as a “very corrupt public office-holder and fraudulent person who siphoned public funds at the detriment of Ekiti citizens while serving as governor.”
No date has not been fixed for hearing of the case.