- Femi Gbajabiamila has denied that he was ever convicted of a crime anywhere in Nigeria or overseas as has been in the news
- Report has been circulating that Gbajabiamila was found guilty of violating rules of the Bar of Georgia state in the United States in 2007
- The House of Representatives majority leader vowed to sue those behind the allegations of his conviction for defamation of character
- The lawmaker's campaign organisation, however, urged the general public to disregard the falsehoods being peddled around
The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has vowed to sue those behind allegations of his conviction in the United States for defamation of character against him.
Director-general of the Gbajabiamila Campaign Organisation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, said the claims were attempts to smear the character of Gbajabiamila, the leading speakership candidate for the 9th National Assembly.
New Telegraph reports that Jibrin also disclosed that the lawmaker has instructed his lawyers to take every necessary legal step to seek redress and sue for defamation with immediate effect.
He said: “We remain focused and undeterred and prepared for whatever antics they may further unfold. Whatever they choose to do and however, Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Idris Wase will be on the floor on the 11th live and direct to be elected speaker and deputy speaker respectively to take over from Speaker Yakubu Dogara who ceases to be speaker from Thursday 6th June 2019 after our valedictory session.”
Jibrin denied that Gbajabiamila was ever convicted in the US. He said the lawmaker has never been convicted for any crime in the United States of America, Nigeria or any other country around the world.
He added that the lawmaker has never been accused of corruption and has no corruption case to answer to in Nigeria or anywhere around the world.
“He has not committed perjury in Nigeria or any country of the world. He was eligible to contest in all previous elections he won and indeed eligible and qualified to contest for the office of speaker House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
“Gbajabiamila has severally and comprehensively responded to these allegations, provided clarifications and set records straight.
“The allegations have also been tested and struck out in our court of law. The State Bar of Georgia has also written and categorically stated that 'there is no criminal conviction in the matter relating to Femi and he is currently an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia'. All these facts are in the public domain.”
The campaign DG expressed worry that those behind the antics are trying to drag the judiciary to "what is clearly a hatched job". He said the judiciary must not allow itself to be mixed in such cocktail of dirts.
“This campaign of calumny is orchestrated to poison the minds of our leaders against Hon. Femi which has failed woefully. Now the agenda is to smear his reputation through 'creation of illusion of truth'. An idea of repeated lying until people are forced to believe.
“We urge the general public to disregard the falsehoods being peddled around," he added.
Gbajabiamila, a member of the All Progressives Congress, is contesting for speaker of the House of Representatives in the ninth National Assembly.
Meanwhile Legit.ng reported that the PDP denied endorsing Gbajabiamila for position of speakership of the House of Reps.
The party said its national leadership and members of the PDP caucus will consider the national interest and take a collective decision on whom to vote for on June 11 when the House is scheduled to be inaugurated.
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