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I’ve not seen any court summons, Gbajabiamila replies CUPP

By Adekunle Adebayo, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress candidate for the position of Speaker in the ninth House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday denied all the criminal allegations leveled against him by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

Gbajabiamila, who spoke through his Campaign Organisation led by a Kano federal lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jubrin at a Press briefing in Abuja insisted that Gbajabiamila has never been convicted anywhere in the world.

Jibrin described the criminal allegations that Gbajabiamila was once convicted in Georgia, U.S. as “outright lies”, saying the accusations were meant to distract Gbajabiamila from the race to become speaker of the House of Representatives.

It would be recalled that a court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had asked Gbajabiamila to appear before it on Monday, June 10, the eve of the speakership contest, over a suit filed by a member party of CUPP – Action Peoples Party (APP).

The party, through its National Chairman and Spokesperson of CUPP, Barr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere had asked the court to disqualify Gbajabiamila from the race on the grounds that he was convicted in a $25,000 fraud case.

The order of Georgia Court, made available to newsmen on Tuesday partly read, “On February 26 2007, the Supreme Court of Georgia entered an order accepting Femi Gbaja’s petition for Voluntary Discipline suspending him from the practice of law in Georgia for a period of 36 months. I have attached a copy of the Court’s order.

“Mr Gbaja’s professional discipline was based upon his admitted violation of Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15(1)(Safekeeping Property), and was not related to a criminal conviction. Mr Gbaja is currently an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia.”

But Jubrin, having maintained that Gbajabiamila has never been convicted displayed to journalists what he said was a letter confirming Gbajabiamila’s membership of the Bar of Georgia as well as the copy of the Nigerian court judgment striking out the case.

“Femi Gbajabiamila has never been convicted for any crime in the US, Nigeria or anywhere. He has never been accused of corruption and has no corruption case. He never committed perjury in Nigeria or any country of the world.

“He has provided clarifications and set records straight. The allegations have been tested and struck out in court. It has been stated that he is a full member of the Bar of Georgia,” Jubrin said.

Jibrin also said that the Inspector-General of Police had been petitioned and urged to go after the leadership of the Coalition of United Political Parties with a view to investigating the source of their information and to identify their collaborators in the federal parliament.

He added that Gbajabiamila has instructed his legal team to sue the CUPP leadership for defamation of character, saying the campaign of calumny won’t stand test of time.

He said, “We further wish to state that Femi has not been served any court summons or notified by the clerk of the national assembly. The judiciary must not allow itself to be mixed in this … campaign of calumny.”

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