BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, in the South-West has given House of Representatives’ Minority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, 14 days ultimatum to resign following alleged admission that he was sanctioned by Georgia Supreme Court.
In a statement by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kayode Babade, the party said: “Since he has admitted that he was sanctioned by Georgia Supreme Court for professional misconduct and negligence, the most honourable thing to do is to vacate his seat in the House of Representatives.”
The Supreme Court of Georgia had on February 26, 2007 allegedly suspended Gbajabiamila from practising law for 36 months.
According to the party, Gbajabiamila, a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, allegedly admitted violating Rule 1.15(I) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct set forth in Bar Rule 4-102(d).
PDP claimed that he accepted payment of $25,000 as settlement of a client’s personal injury claims, deposited those funds in his attorney trust account in January 2003, failed to promptly disburse those funds to his client, withdrew those funds for his own use, closed his practice and moved out of the country.
The party said although he ultimately paid the $25,000 to his client in 2006, three years after he collected the fund, his conduct violated Rule 1.15(I), which is punishable by disbarment.
PDP added that said it was ridiculous that Gbajabiamila could be using the House of Representatives impeachment plot against President Goodluck Jonathan as a defence for his shady past, saying; “In a saner clime, what he (Gbajabiamila) would have done was to vacate his seat and apologise to Nigerians.
“Or does it now mean that a man who admitted that he committed an offence and that he was sanctioned for it can justify same by simply claiming that he was championing good governance and impeachment of the president?”