Dual citizenship: Lawan, Gbajabiamila risk losing seats

Posted by News Express | 25 August 2019 | 2,554 times

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•Senate President Lawan and Reps Speaker Gbajabiamila

The Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and several other lawmakers risk losing their seats following a recent ruling by an Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal, according to a Sunday PUNCH report.

“The tribunal,” the paper recalled, “on July 31, 2019, sacked Mr Ikengboju Gboluga, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency of Ondo State for having dual citizenship and thereafter ordered that Mr Albert Akintoye of the All Progressives Congress be issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“The tribunal headed by Justice Nuhu Adi ruled that Gboluga was not eligible to contest the 2019 National Assembly election, having admitted in his INEC Form CF001 that he had “voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the United Kingdom” and had sworn allegiance to the country.

“The judgment was based on Section 66 of the 1999 Constitution which states in part that, ‘No person shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if: (a) subject to the provisions of section 28 of this constitution, he has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria or, except in such cases as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, has made a declaration of allegiance to such a country’.”

Sunday PUNCH said that its investigations showed that of the 109 senators, four admitted in their INEC forms on oath that they had voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country.

The paper identified Senate President Lawan and Reps Speaker Gbajabiamila to be among the affected federal lawmakers. While Lawan’s office did not comment on the allegation, Gbajabiamila’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Lanre Lasisi, told the paper: “We have no comment.”



Source: News Express

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