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Speakership: Court to disqualify Gbajabiamila

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Femi Gbajabiamila, House of Representatives Aspiring Speaker
Femi Gbajabiamila, House of Representatives Aspiring Speaker

There are indications that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja  today may grant an ex-parte motion seeking to stop the All Progressive Congress APC, from electing Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the Federal House of Representative tomorrow.

Justice Abdul Kafarati is presiding over the suit which was filed before the high court by Human Rights lawyer, Chief ‎Mike Ozehkome, SAN on behalf of Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative.

The group, in the suit filed pursuant to Order 26 Rule 8 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, is contending that Hon. Gbajabiamila is not morally fit to head the third arm of governance in Nigeria, alleging that he was previously ‎”convicted in the state of Georgia for unethical practices and was debarred as a lawyer for 36 months”.

Aside Gbajabiamila, the House of Representatives and the Attorney General of the Federation were equally cited as defendants in the matter.

In a supporting affidavit ‎that was deposed to by one Alojie Nmerengira, the plaintiff told the court that its investigations revealed that Gbajabiamila was convicted by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2007, even as it attached a copy of the order of the court as ‘Exhibit A’.

Nmerengira averred: “That I am the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the plaintiff organization by virtue of which I am very conversant with the facts deposed herein.

“That the 1st defendant is a member of the House of Representatives who nurses the ambition of becoming the Speaker of the House in the next Assembly. That the 2nd defendant is the constitution body created to carry ‎out legislative functions for the good governance and advancement of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The All Progressives Congress, had on saturday, during an internal primary election elect Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Party’s sole candidate for the House Speakership as the party now holds majority status in both upper and lower chambers.

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