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CUPP Gets Court Order For Gbajabiamila To Defend Conviction Allegations



The Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday vowed to mount all possible challenges against the speakership aspiration of Femi Gbajabiamila on the ground that he lacks the moral authority to hold the position.

Alleging that Gbajabiamila was once convicted in the United States, the CUPP said it had succeeded in getting an Abuja High Court to request Gbajabiamila to attend in person on June 10 to attend to the allegations raised against him.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the CUPP spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said though the group may have been concerned about the independence of Senators Ahmad Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege in their own aspirations, it said that it had no legal or judicial platform to challenge them.

It, however, said that the situation was different for Gbajabiamila who he claimed had a conviction on his head.

“How could President Muhammadu Buhari be demanding that Femi Gbajabiamila,a man convicted of dishonest acts be anointed and imposed to occupy as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, dispense the resources of that office and preside over law making in the parliament?

“What type of laws are we as Nigerians expect to see the parliament make if this anti-Nigerian action were to succeed? God forbid! Nigerians cannot continue in the one-step-forward and two-steps-backward movement.

“President Buhari-led APC cannot be talking of anti-corruption yet be seen attempting to impose a man convicted of wilful dishonesty as the sole candidate for speaker of the Federal House of Representatives as confirmed by Governor el-Rufai that the choice of Femi Gbajabiamila is the choice of President Buhari and not Asiwaju Bola Tinubu whom if it had been his choice, we would not have bothered because his antecedents are already known to Nigerians.”

“CUPP is not interested in who Parliamentarians decide to elect to lead the 9th Assembly. That is why we have not said anything Ahmed Lawan emerging as Senate President as it should be left for senators to decide whether they want a stooge as Senate President that will behave like some speakers of State Houses of Assembly who will attend events organised by the governor’s wife and serve drinks and carry canopied just to prove their loyalty or an independent Senate who will protect the letters of the law.”

“We are not saying anything about whether Ovie Omo-Agege, a man who allegedly brought in thugs into the hallowed chamber of the Senate and stole the mace should be rewarded with the Deputy Senate Presidency or not. What we are saying here is that a man who has been convicted of dishonest acts and who is constitutionally ineligible to even come near where leadership questions are asked and answered should not be rail-roaded into the speakership of the Nigerian parliament,”he further said.

Noting the decision of the CUPP to tackle Gbajabiamila in court, he said:

“To be sure that this political hara-kiri does not even happen by default, the opposition coalition, the CUPP using one of its affiliate members, the Action Peoples Party, has secured the nod of the court to commence criminal proceedings against Femi Gbajabiamila for the offence of perjury (giving false information under oath).

“So proudly, we announce to you today that a court in the FCT has issued criminal summons against Femi Gbajabiamila to appear in person on 10th June,2019 and the court also granted an exparte application to serve him by substituted means through the Clerk of the National Assembly and by this, Femi Gbajabiamila has been successfully served with the summons in accordance with the order of the court.”

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