BREAKING: Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Set To Be Removed As Senate President, Speaker

By Post-Nigeria: August 25, 2019 08:01

BREAKING: Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Set To Be Removed As Senate President, Speaker

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and several other Lawmakers; risk losing their seats, following a recent ruling by an Ondo State Elections Petitions Tribunal.
The Tribunal. on July 31, 2019, sacked Ikengboju Gboluga, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency of Ondo State, for having dual citizenship, and thereafter ordered that Albert Akintoye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, be issued the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
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 has “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.”
Investigations revealed that of the 109 Senators, 4 admitted in their INEC forms on oath, that they have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country.
However, top sources revealed that the figure could be much higher, adding that, most of the Lawmakers in this category either have the United States or UK citizenship, noting that, the Lawmakers were not born abroad, but became citizens by naturalisation, that is, swearing the oath of allegiance to these countries.
They include: Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District; Senators Opeyemi Bamidele of Ekiti-Central; Teslim Folarin, representing Oyo Central; and Ibrahim Bomai of Yobe South.
In his form CF001, Bamidele said that he was a US citizen, and has also sworn allegiance to the country.
In his own form, the Senate President admitted that he has never changed his nationality in the past, but admitted that he had voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country, and had sworn allegiance to the same country.
Lawan, however, refused to disclose the country. It, therefore, remains unclear why INEC accepted the form from him, since it has been stated that one must disclose the country.
In the case of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, he also noted in his INEC form, that he has acquired the citizenship of the US.
It was learnt that in the oath of allegiance for all persons who voluntarily acquire US citizenship, a person must pledge 100 percent loyalty to the country.

However, parts of the oath are modified for religious and mental reasons.

It said: “I hereby declare on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

In the case of the UK, the oath stated: “I, (Insert full name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”

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