The campaign organization of Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house of representatives, has rejected an allegation that he was convicted of perjury in the United States.
A court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday, had summoned Gbajabiamila on the eve of the speakership contest, over a suit filed by Action Peoples Party (APP).
The party had asked the court to disqualify Gbajabiamila from the race, on the grounds that he was convicted in a $25,000 fraud case.
The party claimed the house majority leader had been lying to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is his electoral forms since 2003
It said Gbajabiamila failed to mention that he was allegedly convicted of the crime by a Georgia Supreme Court, when he was a lawyer in the United States of America.
But addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the campaign organisation, led by Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano, said the speakership aspirant has not been accused of any corruption in any country.
According to TheCable, Jibrin described as “outright lies” claims that Gbajabiamila was once convicted in Georgia, US.
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According to him, the accusations were meant to distract Gbajabiamila from the race to become speaker of the house of representatives.
“Femi Gbajabiamila has never been convicted for any crime in the US, Nigeria or anywhere,” he said.
“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.”
Jibrin also showed 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.
“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,” he added.