An ex-parte application filed by a Rights Group, the Registered Trustees of Social Justice and Civil Rights Awareness Initiative, against the ambition of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila for the House of Representatives speakership, suffered a legal setback at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
The group had joined Gbajabiamila, the House of Representatives and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as co-defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati, who heard the matter in Chambers, ordered the plaintiff to put the defendants On Notice to enable them come and show cause why the plaintiff’s reliefs should not be granted.
The group had initiated the action ostensibly to stop the emergence of Gbajabiamila, the sole candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the election slated for tomorrow.
The group’s counsel,Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had urged the court to stop Gbajabiamila from parading himself as a member of the House of Representatives and contesting for the position of its Speaker.
The plaintiff had hinged it’s suit on ground that Gbajabiamila, a lawyer, was convicted in Georgia, the United States of America, for unethical practices and was debarred for 36 months.
It prayed the court to declare that Gbajabiamila was not a fit and proper person to be elected as a member of the House of Representatives and its Speaker.
The plaintiff also urged the court to give an order restraining the House of Representatives from accepting Gbajabiamila’s nomination for Tuesday’s Speakership election.
It also urged the court to give an order of perpetual injunction restraining Gbajabiamila from parading himself as a member of the House of Representatives and also as a speakership aspirant.
The group also alleged that Gbajabiamila has a United States international passport and doubles as a Nigerian citizen, which they claimed contravened the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
Gbajabiamila, the group argued, has a tainted or questionable character and the current mood of the nation does not warrant placing the Reps Speaker position in his hands.
Kafarati, therefore, adjourned the case till June 18 for mention.