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'Gbajabiamila was never convicted in US'

19 June 2015, 13:16

Abuja- A member of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has denied allegation of previous criminal conviction in Georgia, United States of America, Punch reports.

The lawmaker who contested and lost the speakership seat during the inaugural sitting of the House on June 9, 2015, denied the allegation in his response to a suit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an order stopping him from contesting the speakership election, which eventually held on June 9, 2015.

Also read: Lawyers ask court to disqualify Gbajabiamila from Speakership race

The plaintiff – Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness – through its counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had anchored the suit on the grounds that Gbajabiamila was not eligible to contest the speakership election because of his alleged “conviction” for professional misconduct by the Supreme Court of Georgia, United States of America, in 2007.

Gbajabiamila eventually lost the speakership election to Yakubu Dogara, but Ozekhome insisted on Thursday that his client would go ahead to challenge the legislator’s eligibility to remain in the House of Representatives.

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

Read more at Punch

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