Abuja court adjourns suit seeking disqualification of Gbajabiamila

Abuja court adjourns suit seeking disqualification of Gbajabiamila

- A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja grants for Femi Gbajabiamila to be served by way of substituted means in a suit seeking to remove him as a member of the House of Representative

- The plaintiff in the suit, Olasupo Azeez, says the defendant is yet to be served with the originating process

- Azeez says Gbajabiamila ought not to be allowed to contest for the position of the speaker of the House of Reps based on information that he had been criminally convicted by a court in the US

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned until Friday, June 7, hearing in a suit challenging the nomination of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the House of Representative vying for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly.

Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the suit, following the prayer of Chief Philip Undie’s counsel, Olasupo Azeez, that the defendant was yet to be served with the originating process, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Azeez earlier prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable the plaintiff regularise the processes before the court and to serve all the defendants by way of substituted means and it was granted.

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Undie in the suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/539/2019 is challenging the eligibility of Gbajabiamila on the grounds that he has a criminal allegation in the state of Georgia, US.

Other defendants in the suit are: the House of Representative, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The plaintiff in the suit said that Gbajabiamila ought not to be allowed to contest for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives based on information that he had been criminally convicted by the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia.

Meanwhile, Mansur Manu Soro of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said all necessary preparations have been made for the emergency of Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the House, adding that he and others are only waiting for June 11 to elect him.

Soro, who is the member-elect representing Darazo/Ganjuwa federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that two-third of the members from different political parties would cast their votes for Gbajabiamila and his running mate, Ahmed Idris Wase, Daily Trust reports.

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