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Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2019

Peace, Anti-Corruption Advocacy to protest Gbajabiamila candidature over corrupt allegations

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By Christiana Ekpa

A group, Peace & Anti-Corruption Advocacy has threatened to stage a mass protest on the inauguration day of the 9th National Assembly over the candidacy of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
Gbajabiamila is an aspirant for the speakership of the incoming House of Representatives.
He has been endorsed by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC as the preferred choice of the party.
But there are allegations of criminal conviction by the supreme court of the State of Georgia in the United States of America on him.
Though the Director-General of his campaign organization, Hon.
Abdulmumuni Jubrin has dismissed the allegations as untrue and completely unfounded, most Nigerians won’t give up.
In a statement in Abuja on Saturday signed by Comrade Uche Okoronkwo, National Coordinator and Mallam Isiaka Mohammed, National Secretary, the Peace & Anti-Corruption Advocacy said that the issues were weighty to be ignored by Nigerian authorities.
Recalling that a news medium, Corruption Reporters had written to various antigraft and security agencies on the issue, the group regretted that none of them had investigated the matter.
It therefore called on President Buhari to ensure the matter was not swept under the carpet, stressing that doing otherwise would cast aspersion on his anti-corruption war.
We demand as follows: “That President Muhammadu Buhari ensures that the relevant security agencies commence investigation of the allegations brought forward against Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, so as not to cast further doubt on the anti corruption fight in the public space.
“That the Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, address the nation on the said allegations, as to whether such a character is suitable to be put forward by his party for such an exalted office in a nation not lacking in suitably qualified people.
“Anyone aspiring for public office must not only be fit and proper, such aspirant must also not be found wanting in character and learning.
“That Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, or Femi Gbaja, address the nation on the veracity or otherwise on the veracity, or otherwise of the allegations against him, rather than the lame attempt by his proxies to ridicule the public outcry that this matter has generated.
“We believe in the sustainability of the Nigerian federation and are of a very strong conviction that Nigeria cannot survive for long if she continues to throw up the dregs of the society and shady characters to lead her affairs.
“In the unlikely event that our modest demands are not given consideration, we shall cause our teeming members to march on the National Assembly complex on inauguration day – if for nothing else, to draw the attention of the outside world to the official collaboration in the effort to foist illegitimacy on the nation’s legislative branch”, the statement read.

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