Speakership: Court adjourns suit seeking Gbajabiamila’s disqualification

Speakership: Court adjourns suit seeking Gbajabiamila’s disqualification

- Hearing on a suit seeking the disqualification of the leader of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila have been adjourned

- The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned the suit challenging the speakership ambition of Gbajabiamila at the 9th National Assembly until June 14

- The matter was adjourned after counsel to the defendant Adebowale Kamoru pleaded with the court to grant an adjournment to enable him study the process since he was newly served this morning

A Federal High Court on Friday, June 7, adjourned for further mention a suit challenging the nomination of Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the House of Representatives vying for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly until June 14.

Gbajabiamila was sued before the court in the suit with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/539/2019, by one Philip Undie, a businessman, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Undie is challenging the eligibility of Gbajabiamila to contest for the speakership of the house on the grounds that he has a criminal allegation in the state of Georgia, U.S.

Gbajabiamila is one of the leading candidates vying for the position.

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

At the resumed sitting of the court, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the matter at the instance of the first defendant counsel, Adebowale Kamoru, who informed the court that he has just been served with court process this morning.

Kamoru pleaded with the court to grant an adjournment to enable him study the process since he was newly served this morning.

“We have undertake to collect the service of the originating process on behalf of the first defendant, the first defendant has now been served. We will study the process and respond appropriately.

Earlier, the plaintiff counsel, Olasupo Azeez, informed the court that there was a pending application of the plaintiff seeking for the leave of the court to serve the defendant the originating process.

"The second respondent was served on May 31, we apply to withdraw the motion exparte in this matter having been undertaken by event

“We also urged the court to refused the applicant party seeking to be join in the suit on the ground that they have not shown why they are seeking to be joined in this matter,” Azeez prayed.

Justice Ekwo however granted the adjournment and adjourned the suit till June 14 for further mention.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a report had claimed that the majority leader of the House of Representatives was found guilty of violating rules of the Bar of Georgia state in the United States in 2007.

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Sahara Reporters said was prosecuted before a Supreme Court of Georgia in 2007 and was found guilty of accepting $25,000 (N9 million at N360 per dollar) as settlement of a client’s personal injury claim.

The report which detailed the judgement showed the court heard a disciplinary matter on the Gbajabiamila's Petition for voluntary discipline which was filed under Bar Rule 4-227 (b) (2) before a formal complaint was issued.

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