The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has been requested to debar a leading contender in the House of Representatives’ speakership race, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting for the position.
The court was specifically asked not to allow the lawmaker to stand for the Speakership election, on the allegation that he was convicted for fraud to the tune of $25,000 which he allegedly failed to disburse to his then client in 2003 in United States, where he was practicing as a lawyer.
The plaintiff in the matter, Philip Undie, joined the trio – the House of Representatives, Attorney General of the Federation and the All Progressive Congress (APC) as defendants in the suit against Gbajabiamila.
In an Originating Summons marked FHC/ABJ/C/538/2019 brought pursuant to Order 3, Rule 6 and 7 of the Federal High Court and Section 66 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the plaintiff wants the court to determine whether by a combined consideration of section 66 of the 1999 Constitution and the judgement of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, Atlanta, USA in Suit no. SO6YO829, IN THE MATTER OF FEMI GBAJA, Representative Gbajabiamila is a fit and proper person to be elected to the House of Representatives and to the Office of the Speaker of the House.
Also, the plaintiff is praying the court for an order of injunction restraining the House of Representatives and APC from accepting the nomination of Gbajabiamila as an aspirant for the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Similarly, be is also praying the court for an order of injunction stopping Gbajabiamila from parading himself as a member of the House of Representatives and also an aspirant for the office of the Speaker of the House.
Continuing, Mr. Undie who claimed to be a taxpayer in Nigeria, is further seeking another order of injunction restraining the House of Representatives, AGF and APC from recognising Gbajabiamila as a member of the House and as an aspirant to the Speakership of House of Representatives.
However, the suit filed by Mr. Ayodele Justice on behalf of the plaintiff is yet to be assigned to any judge.
Makinde’s land grabbing allegation against Ajimobi is ridiculously false, says Oyo APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has described the allegation of land grabbing against Senator Abiola Ajimobi by the Peoples Democratic Party’s administration of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde as a futile attempt to besmirch the reputation as well as records of achievements set by the former governor.
Makinde’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, had on Monday raised an alarm via a social media platform that he had uncovered a total of 26, 000 hectares of land which, he claimed, the immediate former governor dubiously allocated to himself from the expanse of government land available at a Forest Reserve in an unnamed location.
In its reactions to the development through a statement issued today and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC said “the allegation was another in the series of fake news and decorated lies being employed by the present administration to cover up its lack of promise, incapacitation and incompetence.
“For the record, it is imperative to state here that Ajimobi administration left a solid foundation upon which those coming after it should build developmental policies and programmes since no single government can do everything. Key sectors such as; Security, Infrastructure, Education, Health and Agriculture were prioritized. It was on the basis of recognition of Agriculture as pivotal to employment generation, food security and industrialization which Sen. Ajimobi sought to attract direct local and foreign investment to the state through some ease-of-doing-business such as making land available to genuine prospective large-scale farmers.
“Without mincing words, such allocation of land was done under the government’s policy called Agro Industrial Zones. The government resorted to this option when it became difficult to access land directly from our communities. The land that was allocated then were the depleted portion of the forest reserves. Depleted in the sense that they had been encroached upon and the trees had been felled illegally without any replacements. At no time did Ajimobi benefitted from such allocation and the records are there.
“The barefaced lies coming from Ayoola this time is an improvement on the numerous ones told against the same Sen. Ajimobi since Governor Makinde came to power on May 29. till date, allegations of contract inflation, treasury looting among others have not been substantiated beyond media subterfuge and idle talks. On this latest allegation, we request the official who raised the dust to either buttress his argument with facts or tender his unreserved apology to the former governor who he had wronged for no just reasons.
“Meanwhile, we are not unmindful of the fact that Gov. Makinde does not possess any blueprint or action plan with which he plans to run the state as governor but rather than waste time on experiments or importation of ideas from a Niger Delta state, he should sit down and study the programmes and policies of his immediate predecessor and run with it since government is a continuum globally.” The statement concluded.
Tribunal nullifies Imo PDP federal lawmaker’s election, orders rerun
The National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday sacked a member of the Federal House representatives,Obinna Onwubuariri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Onwubuariri, is the lawmaker representing Okigwe North Federal constituency.
In a judgment which lasted for hours, the chairman of the Panel, Justice Roli Harriman also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh poll in the federal constituency within 90 days from the date of the judgment.
Oyo: Makinde sends list of 8 OYSIEC nominees to assembly
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has sent a list of eight persons that would constitute the state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.
Contained in a statement signed on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Governor, in a letter dated 18 September, 2019, forwarded the names of eight individuals to the House of Assembly, for consideration as chairman and members of the commission.
The letter reads, “I wish to inform Your Rt. Honourable and other Honourable Members of the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC). The following personalities have been considered suitable, based on their track records, to oversee and conduct elections into the Local Governments in the State”.
Governor Makinde sought for the consideration of the House of Assembly for the nominees.
Also, in the letter, Barr. Isiaka Olagunju was nominated as chairman of the commission, while Comrade Adeniyi Afeez Babatunde, Alhaja Ganiyat Saka, Mr. Olanrewaju Emmanuel, Chief Kumi Agboola, Mr. Remi Ayoade, Mr. Sunday Falan and Mr. Adeojo Elias, were nominated as members.
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