Court Clears Gbajabiamila To Vie For Speaker
Justice Abdul Kafarati, a justice of a Federal High Court in Abuja, has refused to disqualify Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader and 5th term member of the Federal House of Representatives from contesting the speakership of the federal house of representatives.
Gbajabiamila is the official candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position.
A group known as the Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative had filed a suit seeking the disqualification of the lawmaker from becoming the nation’s number four citizen on the grounds of integrity.
The group claimed that the Supreme Court of Georgia convicted Gbajabiamila for unethical practices in in February 2007 and that he was also barred from practising as a lawyer for three years.
But in his ruling on Monday, Kafarati refused to grant the prayers of the group but summoned him to appear in court on June 18 to state why he should not be disqualified from heading the lower chamber of the national assembly based on his alleged conviction.