Speakership: Petitioners urge Buhari, APC to allow legislators chose other party candidates

Speakership: Petitioners urge Buhari, APC to allow legislators chose other party candidates

- Some petitioners have commenced an online petition against Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila

- Gbajabiamila is in the race towards becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly

- The petitioners said their stance is based on an alleged clear evidence of fraud and moral questions concerning Gbajabiamila’s past

Some petitioners have commenced an online petition urging President Muhammadu Buhari to wash his hands off Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila’s race towards becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly.

The petitioners said their stance is based on an alleged clear evidence of fraud and moral questions concerning Gbajabiamila’s past deeds.

Comrade Ade Lawal, a social activist and supporter of the petition told journalists in Abuja on Saturday, June 8, that many Nigerians were in support of the petition.

“Many Nigerians have already endorsed the petition and the list of those supporting it is growing, all genuinely patriotic Nigerians should be interested in checking out the website and adding their support to the petition,” Comrade Lawal said.

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In their online petition, the petitioners emphasized that Gbajabiamila’s candidature would permanently dent President Buhari’s anti-corruption image.

“President Muhammed Buhari's major claim is that he is a man of integrity who is fighting corruption; unfortunately, Mr. President and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have put forward, Hon Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila to become the Speaker of the 9th House of Assembly.

“Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila is not a fit and proper person to be elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, having been previously convicted and sentenced for fraud and dishonesty in relation to the sum of $25,000 by the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, US.

“Electing Gbajabiamila will jeopardize efforts to claim the recently discovered Abacha loot in the US, as Nigeria will be further classified as an unserious nation not ready to fight corruption,” the petition read.

According to the petitioner, such moral burden may be too much for the nation’s image and collective interest.

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Meanwhile, despite the mounting opposition against Gbajabiamila, thirty five (35) political parties under the auspices of Coalition of Integrity political parties have endorsed his candidature.

The political parties were led by Yakubu Shendam, national chairman of New Generation Party and they made their stance known during a press conference in Abuja on Friday, June 7, disassociating themselves from the allegations levelled against Gbajabiamila by the Coalition of United Political Parties.

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