Ahmen Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila to Lose Seat Over Citizenship Issues
Section 66 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has it 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 by Information Drillers has revealed that out of the 109 lawmakers in the 9th Nigeria Senate, four of them had admitted in their INEC forms that they had acquired the citizenship of another country.
Reports on the investigation has it that the lawmakers could be more than four, saying most of the lawmakers in the Senate either had the United States or UK citizenship.
Nigeria’s constitution says whoever has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of another country other than Nigeria is not qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives.
We could recalled on 31 July the member representing Okitipupa/Irele in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Ikengboju Gboju was sacked by the Election Tribunals.
Hon. Ikengboju Gboju hails from Ondo State and contested under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The court immediately ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue the Certificate of Return to the candidate of the All Progressive Party, Hon. Albert Akintoye.
The order was given by Justice Nihu Adi on the grounds that Hon. Ikengboju Gboju had admitted his his INEC Form that he had acquired the citizenship of the United Kingdom and had sworn allegiance to the country.
The lawmakers, who are said to have sworn allegiance to another country include the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Senators Opeyemi Bamidele, Teslim Folarin and Ibrahim Bomai and Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan and The Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila admitted that they had voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the United States and had sworn allegiance to the same country. Reports Says.