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.
Appeal Court ruling: ‘No one can snatch the joy of Oyo people’ – Makinde
The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has deck that the mandate of the people of Oyo State given to him through the March 9, 2019, remains intact following the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan on Monday.
Governor Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also declared that the mandate given to him by the people of Oyo State cannot be taken through the backdoor.
The statement stressed: “There is no ambiguity as to the state of things in our Pacesetter State as far as the election of March 9, 2019, is concerned. Our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election.
The victory was reaffirmed by a ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan, the state capital.
“On Monday, the Court of Appeal, also sitting in Ibadan, delivered its judgement on the appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu.
“In its ruling, the Appeal Court refused to grant any of the three key reliefs sought by the APC candidate.
“The Court refused to nullify the election; it refused to order a fresh election and it also refused to order the retrial of the petition.
“With the above being the reality of the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling, the election of Engineer Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State has just been reaffirmed.
“There is nothing in the Appeal Court’s ruling that affects the returns made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and there is nothing that tampers with the mandate freely given to Engineer Seyi Makinde by the people of Oyo State.”
“Governor Makinde hereby urges the good people of Oyo State to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by agents of disruption who are seeking to upturn the truth, which remains constant against all odds.
“We also wish to enjoin the people of Oyo State to ignore the doctored reports in some media outlets, which are merely quoting the judgement of the Court of Appeal out of context.
“With a clear margin of Makinde’s 515,621 votes to Adelabu’s 357,982 votes, the preference of the people of Oyo State is as clear as day and night”, the statement added.
While reassuring the people of Oyo State that he cannot be deterred from taking the state to greater heights through the implementation of his four-point service agenda, Governor Makinde insisted that positive governance and unprecedented development will continue to be the portion of the people of Oyo state through his tenure.
Oyo PDP Reacts To Appeal Court Ruling, Says ‘No Vacancy In Agodi Government House’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state has described the judgment of the Election Petition Appeal Panel sitting in Ibadan, the state capital as a test case for the judiciary and nascent democracy, noting that the judgment in one breadth claimed retrial at the lower tribunal is impossible while it did not tamper with the results of the gubernatorial election that ushered in Engr Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State.
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal had on Monday said the Judgement of the lower Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the APC’s governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, challenging the election of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the Governor of Oyo State in the election held on 9th March 2019 was perverse and therefore set the Judgement aside.
But, the PDP in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji explained that going by the judgment of the Appeal Court, the party’s gubernatorial nominee, Makinde remains the Governor of Oyo State, adding that the party got her mandate through the March 9th election of which the Judges could not fault its fairness.
The statement reads, “the PDP is happy that the tribunal upheld the election in her ruling.
“Governor Seyi Makinde as the candidate of PDP polled 515,621 votes as against 357,982 votes scored by the APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu, with a wide margin of over 150,000 votes to defeat the APC candidate.
“Such a landslide victory freely given by the Oyo State electorates and the entire masses is beyond manipulation or abracadabra.
“Governor Seyi Makinde did not get his mandate through the lower Election Petition Tribunal but in a free, fair and credible election conducted by INEC, hence the mandate is intact and it should be noted that Agodi government house is not vacant for whatever reason until 2023 when INEC will be lifting bans on political aspiration.
“We are not in crisis, the Governor is unruffled and our great party, PDP, views the whole drama as a charade of absurdity.
“If APC feels aggrieved, they are free to continue litigation, while we at PDP will continue with good governance and exemplary political leadership”, the statement concluded
Adelabu Vs Makinde: Oyo APC Commends Appellate Court, Appeals For Calm
Following the Monday verdict of the Appellate Court, sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital which decided on the prayers of its gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 general election, the All Progressives Congress in the State has reaffirmed its strong belief in the Judiciary being the pillar of hope for the sustenance of democracy.
The Court of Appeal found that the Judgement of the lower Tribunal which dismissed the petition of the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, challenging the election of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the Governor of Oyo State in the election held on 9th March 2019 was perverse and therefore set the Judgement aside.
While reacting to the development through a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo, Oyo APC lauded the Appellate Court’s Judges for their pronouncement which validated the claims of the plaintiffs in the matter before it but “regretted that the good people of the state would still have to wait for the final adjudication on the case before our candidate could reclaim his mandate.
“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error. The results announced were ridiculously inflated and there is no way such conspiracy could stand the test of proper scrutiny as this was just confirmed by the Appellate Court.
“While we use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man, we are appealing to the good people of the state including Oyo APC faithful and other key stakeholders to remain calm and resist being provoked, in whatever way or form, by the PDP government and its agents who are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on a borrowed time.
“Obviously, the next line of action is for us as a Party and our gubernatorial hopeful to approach the Supreme Court for perfection of the landmark verdict delivered by the Court of Appeal today and, by the special Grace of God, we shall obtain favorable judgment from the Apex Court as only this would lend credence to the fact Nigeria’s democratic practice is premised on free and fair elections as well as the rule of law.
“In the history of our dear state, we are witnessing another era when the conspiracy of a small clique has slowed down the progress of the majority. All we want to do at this crucial time is to urge our party faithful, other key stakeholders and the good people of the state to be prayerful and watchful as the whole world expects the final determination in our favour at the Apex Court in no distant time to enable the Pacesetter State rise again”, APC added.
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