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I Wasn’t Convicted In U.S. – Gbajabiamila

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 7:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

A member of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who contested and lost the speakership of the House during the inaugural sitting of the House on June 9, 2015, has declared that he was never convicted in Georgia, United States. 

In a counter-affidavit filed at the Federal High Court in opposing a suit by Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness, Gbajabiamila denied the allegation that he was convicted in the U.S.

The plaintiff, through its lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had urged the court to disqualify Gbajabiamila from aspiring to the office of the Speaker of the House on the ground that he was not a fit and proper person having been convicted in the U.S.

The plaintiff had stated that Gbajabiamila as a lawyer was convicted  for  professional misconduct by the Supreme Court of Georgia, United States in 2007.

Despite the fact that Gbajabiamila had lost the speakership election to Yakubu Dogara, the plaintiff insisted on Thursday that it would go ahead to challenge the legislator’s eligibility to remain in the House of Representatives.

But, Gbajabiamila’s Senior Legislative Assistant, Osaze Ogunditie, stated in a counter-affidavit dated June 18, 2015, filed in opposition to the motion by the plaintiff seeking a restraining order against the legislator, denied the conviction record.

Ogunditie also said that the plaintiff   lacked the locus standi  to institute the suit.