9th Assembly: Court refuses to bar Gbajabiamila from contesting speakership

9th Assembly: Court refuses to bar Gbajabiamila from contesting speakership

- The court has refused to grant the order seeking to restrict Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting the speakership of the House of Reps

- The Action People's Party had filed a lawsuit seeking to disqualify the lawmaker from the speakership race over alleged perjury

- The judge ruling over the case granted an order of accelerated hearing

A high court in Jabi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Thursday, June 6, refused to bar Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting for the speakership of the 9th House of Representatives.

The suit with the number M/6810/2019 was brought before the court by way of motion by Ikenga-Imo Ugochinyere and the Action People's Party (APP) on May 30, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Other respondents in the suit are the clerk of the National Assembly, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

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Justice Charles Agbaza refused to grant the order seeking to restrict the Gbajabiamila from contesting for the speaker of the house.

Justice Agbaza, however, ruled that the defendants should be served the court processes by way of substituted means instead of restraining Gbajabiamila which was part of the orders sought before the court.

The judge also granted an order of accelerated hearing and adjourned until Friday, June, 14 for hearing in the suit.

Recall that Gbajabiamila had been summoned to appear before a Federal Capital Territory court. The court summoned the lawmaker over a lawsuit filed against him by the APP.

The party alleged that Gbajabiamila committed perjury in the CF001 form he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denied endorsing Gbajabiamila for position of speakership of the House of Representatives.

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The PDP minority leader, honourable Leo Ogor, on Wednesday, June 5, emphasized that while the caucus has directed its members to participate in meetings and strategy sessions of the APC speakership aspirants, they never directed them to consider voting for any of the aspirants.

He stated that the PDP’s 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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