The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has rejected Femi Gbajabiamila as the next speaker of the House of Representative over alleged conviction by a United States court in Georgia.
Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP spokesman, and 12 other national chairmen of political parties made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Ugochinyere concluded that Gbajabiamila was not fit to be the speaker of the House of Representatives as he had earlier been convicted of “willful dishonesty” by a court in the United States.
Speaking further, he said the CUPP wasn’t bothered about who leads the lawmakers, but Gbajabiamila was not the right choice, as he is “morally, politically and constitutionally wrong.”
He said Gbajabiamila had at different times given false information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) when he claimed in the commission’s Form CF001 that he had never been indicted by a tribunal, court or administrative panel of fraud or dishonesty.
“A court in the FCT has issued criminal summons on Femi Gbajabiamila to appear in person on June 10 and the court also granted an exparte application to serve him by substituted means through the clerk of the national assembly”, he said.
Ugochinyere advocated the use of secret ballot system to allow lawmakers elect their own leader.
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, told journalists in Abuja that Gbajabiamila’s choice was contrary to the present administration’s acclaimed anti-corruption war.