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How Gbajabiamila Allegedly Bought Votes During Speakership Race




Femi Gbajabiamila


A bunch of lawmakers drawn from varied events are heading to courtroom over alleged proof of vote-buying and gross impunity by the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting, Alhaji Sani Omolori.


Omolori, who supervised the June 11 election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker within the Home of Representatives, is being accused of getting condoned impunity among the many lawmakers.


The spokesman of the brand new group, Honourable Mark Terseer Gbillah (PDP, Gwer West/Gwer East Federal Constituency, Benue state), in a press release to DAILY POST on Monday, stated G-70 was an apolitical group of Home members throughout get together strains who’re after reality, transparency and the safety of the independence of the legislature.


Making references to photographic pictures and video proof being launched to again up their claims, Gbillah asserted that they’re solely embarking on a principled battle, including that whereas the members haven’t any private grudges towards any individual or political get together, they won’t condone any illegitimacy within the election of the individual or individuals who will lead the Home of Representatives.


We condemn completely, the usage of any type of monetary inducement and systematic coercion to compel in direction of selecting a pacesetter in a fashion that absolutely destroys the sanctity and integrity of the Home and the Nationwide Meeting as an entire,” the assertion added.

“That is what we’re combating towards and we’re doing it for the great of democracy and for the great of our nation.

“We imagine that if President Buhari himself really preaches and believes in transparency and anti-corruption, then he ought to understand what his authorities and what whom he supported has accomplished to grow to be Speaker of the Home.

“We will explore every legitimate means possible to ensure that justice is done and genuine democratic norms prevail.”


Alleging the prevalence of anti-democratic tendencies, impunity and vote-buying within the voting train that passed off within the Home of Representatives on June 11, he stated that the newly-formed G-70 group of Home members is looking for the nullification of the purported victory of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon Ahmed Wase, including that they’re decided to tender related proof in direction of guaranteeing that your entire train is nullified.


Emphasizing that the voting course of confirmed earlier alarm raised about possible shopping for of votes on an enormous scale, he stated that the G-70 is heading to courtroom instantly to hunt authorized redress for what he described as an affront towards democracy and the legislation.


The assertion added, “That is the fallout of the style wherein the election of Home Speaker and Deputy Speaker was carried out underneath an environment that was rife with allegations of inducement and these have now been confirmed; for example, we now have proof that many members have been taking footage of the ‘Members’ Inexperienced Card’ with particular serial numbers as given to these being induced to vote for Gbajabamila.


“There may be verifiable photographic proof that may be subjected to forensic evaluation which clearly affirm that members have been taking footage of both the ‘Green Members’ Card’ or their respective identification .ing cards alongside their respective poll papers exhibiting whom they vote for, ostensibly for the aim of going again to obtain the stability of the monies they have been promised.

“From our findings, it seems that folks have been initially given ten thousand {dollars} every with a stability starting from forty thousand {dollars} that was presupposed to be given for voting for Gbajabiamila; the proof is there.

“A few of our members throughout get together strains are heading to courtroom to demand nullification of the train and for the courts to declare the election null and void and to hunt the prosecution of Gbajabiamila and all these members who have been a part of the anti-democratic conspiracy.


“Members of the G-70 additionally really feel deeply involved concerning the involvement of the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting in the entire train; as a result of once they complained to him about members going to take footage, he, in a really unprecedented method, stated it earlier than nationwide tv that his personal job is simply to supply the secrecy of the poll and that if the members wish to compromise their votes, it’s their very own choice.

“We find it utterly incredible that an umpire in an election of such national and historic significance would allow votes to be compromised without trying to ensure transparency of the process and this made aggrieved members suspect that he was already compromised with the APC led government beforehand.”


The maintained that the difficulty has gone past conjectures as concrete proof of how your entire train was compromised can now be tabled earlier than the courts.


It stated, “That is additional buttressed by the truth that the legal guidelines getting used for the election clearly spelt out secret poll; nonetheless, proper in entrance of the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting who was superintending the elections, so many members of the Home would go and vote, solely to return and show their vote on the entrance row, to show to Gbajabiamila and his supporters that they voted for him.

“Sadly, the CNA condoned what – within the eyes of right-thinking members, represent a flagrant violation of the legal guidelines and subsequently, logically justifies being challenged in a courtroom of competent jurisdiction as a result of what ultimately transpired made it to be no secret poll any longer.

“Such monitoring and impunity are anti-democratic and unlawful; there’s additionally video proof and the problems we’re elevating have been carried out underneath the glare of cameras on dwell tv, with members the ‘Green Card’ overtly on the ground of the Home and so they have been seen their votes.


“It was, therefore, no longer an allegation but a proven fact and various television stations had it; thus, members of the G-70 have no qualms about the justness of their cause and they are going to commence legal action in the courts immediately.”

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