The Coalition of United Political Parties has rejected the choice of the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the next Speaker. The ruling All Progressives Congress had named Gbajabiamila its preferred candidate for the position.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had described the Majority Leader as the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari and not that of the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
But the spokesman for the CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday that Gbajabiamila’s choice is contrary to the present administration’s acclaimed anti-corruption war. Although he said the CUPP was not interested in who the lawmakers decide to lead them, Ugochinyere pointed out that Gbajabiamila’s choice was “morally, politically and constitutionally wrong.”
The spokesman explained that Gbajabiamila had at different times given false information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission when he claimed in the commission’s Form that he had never been indicted by a tribunal, court or administrative panel of fraud or dishonesty
He said the CUPP, through the Action Peoples Party, has commenced criminal proceedings against the lawmaker before Grade 1 Area Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Karshi.