The ruling APC has reportedly chosen Femi Gbajabiamila to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The APC, especially their presidential flagbearer, ran during the last (s)elections on a platform of “change” and anti-corruption.
It is a bit curious that a supposedly anti-corruption party would choose Gbajabiamila as Speaker. But then again, it has been suggested that Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere, Lagos State, is a puppet of Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu, the former Lagos State governor and APC kingpin.
Tinubu and Gbajabiamila share a common history as former “customers” of the US criminal justice system. Both lived in the US before returning to Nigeria to take part in politricks. Tinubu had run-ins with the Feds in the US for allegedly being a “bag man” for drug dealers.
Gbajabiamila was known as “Femi Gbaja” in Atlanta, where he was a lawyer. He allegedly added the “biamila” to his surname on his return to Nigeria to hide his record in the US.
In a Federal High Court case in Abuja brought by the Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative, seeking to disqualify Gbajabiamila from high office, the group claims that the parliamentarian was convicted in the United States in the state of Georgia for unethical practices and was debarred for 36 months on 26 February 2007 by the Supreme Court of Georgia. They also claim that Gbajabiamila was convicted of theft of his client’s funds in 2007, which contravenes section 66 of the constitution.
Section 66 states that:
No person shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if:
(a) subject to the provisions of section 28 of this Constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, has made a declaration of allegiance to such a country;
(b) under any law in force in any part of Nigeria, he is adjudged to be a lunatic or otherwise declared to be of unsound mind;
(c) he is under a sentence of death imposed on him by any competent court of law or tribunal in Nigeria or a sentence of imprisonment or fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud (by whatever name called) or any other offence imposed on him by such a court or tribunal or substituted by a competent authority for any other sentence imposed on him by such a court;
(d) within a period of less than 10 years before the date of an election to a legislative house, he has been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty or he has been found guilty of a contravention of the Code of Conduct;
(e) he is an undischarged bankrupt, having been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law in force in any part of Nigeria;
(f) he is a person employed in the public service of the Federation or of any State and has not resigned, withdrawn or retired from such employment 30 days before the date of election;
(g) he is a member of a secret society;
(h) he has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by Judicial Commission of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Tribunal set up under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, a Tribunals of Inquiry Law or any other law by the Federal or State Government which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Governments respectively; or.
(i) he has presented a forged certificate to the Independence National Electoral Commission.
The Federal High Court judge today asked Gbajabiamila’s lawyers to respond by 18 June on why the petition to bar their client from high office should not be granted.