The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court heard an ex-parte motion seeking to disqualify Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from emerging as the Speaker of the House of Representatives tomorrow. Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati is presiding over the suit which was lodged before the high court by the Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative.
The group, in the suit filed pursuant to Order 26 Rule 8 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, is contending that Hon. Gbajabiamila is not morally fit to head the third arm of governance in Nigeria, alleging that he was previously ”convicted in the State of Georgia for unethical practices and was debarred as a lawyer for 36 months.”
But Justice Abdu-Kafarati, on Monday, rejected the plaintiff’s ex parte application seeking to disqualify Gbajabiamila to contest for the office of the Speaker.
The judge, who heard the plaintiff’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), inside his chamber, however, ordered the respondents to appear in court on June 18 to show cause why the prayer sought by the plaintiff in the ex parte application should not be granted.
It was learnt that the judge ordered that the processes filed in the suit be served on all the respondents in the suit.
NASS HEADSHIP: SARAKI, DOGARA THREATEN APC
APC at the weekend teetered towards crisis following serious disagreements over the emergence of the new leadership of the National Assembly. The party leaders appealed for unity, saying the APC must not enter Tuesday’s leadership contest as a divided party. That appeal was of little effect in the camp of supporters of Senator Bukola Saraki’s aspiration for Senate President and those for Rep. Yakubu Dogara’s Speakership ambition who were insisting on taking the battle to the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives. PDP is also mobilising for a strategic alliance with the Saraki and Dogara tendencies in the APC. A number of PDP governors, it was learnt, are arriving Abuja today ahead of tomorrow’s leadership contests. The APC has 209 members-elect while the PDP has 140 with smaller parties producing the remaining. As long as these power hustlers play politics rather than kill each other, may the best men win. Now who should the women vote for?
POLICE OFFICERS ARE THE LEAST CORRUPT IN NIGERIA – IGP
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has declared that the Nigerian Police has the least corrupt officers of all the institutions in the country, even as the Police is determined to follow up any corrupt cases before it in accordance with constitutional provisions. Speaking at the annual symposium during a Feast of Barracuda organised by the National Association of Seadogs, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase noted that the Police had made frantic efforts in tackling corruption even among the officers and had set in motion machinery to fish out corrupt officers in the force. This is contrary to widely held opinions. Arase has served in police intelligence most of his career. He is a lawyer, political scientist and a book author. He may know what ordinary Nigerians don’t.
BUHARI’S PRESIDENCY IS ORDAINED BY GOD – KUMUYI
The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo will bring about the change they promised Nigerians during their campaigns. Kumuyi, who spoke with journalists at Kaduna Airport weekend after presiding over a revival crusade, said he hinged his optimism on the two men’s past achievements. He said: “With the past records of the President as well as the Vice President, I believe they meant what they said during the campaigns and I want to say they will really focus on the drive to bring the change they actually spoke about and I believe we will see change. “The emergence of Buhari as President was ordained by God and l urge the President to rule with the fear of God.”
PEOPLE MOCKED US WHEN WE SAID PDP WILL GO – TINUBU
National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has noted how he and other party officials were mocked when they conceived the idea of forcing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from power two years ago. Speaking at the African Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria, AYEEN 2015 programme in Lagos, weekend, the party leader thus urged youths not to ever give up on their ideas “even if no one believes in you.” The APC leader who was represented by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the youths should learn from APC’s story, as they strive to achieve their dreams. “If I didn’t believe in the bold initiative, I wouldn’t have lent myself to the unprecedented merger of the political parties that became the APC. We wouldn’t have challenged the incumbent party controlling the central government, People’s Democratic Party, PDP.”
OSINBAJO, ADEBOYE URGE NIGERIANS TO BE HONEST
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Chuch of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Sunday urged Nigerians to be faithful, diligent and honest in all that they do so as to attract favour from God and man. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that they said this at the 8th Annual Conference and Reunion of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Apapa Family, Lagos Province 20, with the theme ‘Riding on the wings of Change’. Osinbajo said, “If you are a typist, receptionist, security man, be faithful in the little things you are doing. It is that faithfulness, trustworthiness (and) loyalty in the things you are doing and to the people you are serving that will lift you up.”
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