Gbajabiamila

The hurdles before Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila?s bid to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives is far from over as the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court is currently hearing an ex-parte motion seeking to disqualify him from emerging as the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Tuesday alleging that he was previously ??convicted in the state of Georgia for unethical practices and was debarred as a lawyer for 36 months?..

Justice Abdul Kafarati is currently presiding over the suit which was lodged before the high court by the 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.

The ex-parte motion is being argued on behalf of the group by prominent Human Rights lawyer, Chief ?Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

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.

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