Case to halt Peter Obi rally in Lagos is postponed by the court

case to halt peter obi rally in lagos is postponed by the court
case to halt peter obi rally in lagos is postponed by the court

A application for an injunction filed on Friday to prevent the Labour Party (LP), its candidates, and supporters from holding the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on October 1 or any other day in Lagos was postponed until September 28 by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

After hearing arguments from both sides about, among other things, proper serving of court processes, Justice Daniel Osiagor set the date.

Ten plaintiffs, including nine attorneys, have filed suit to prevent the demonstration from taking place. They name the Liberal Party (LP), Presidential Candidate Peter Obi, Running Mate Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, One Julius Abure, and their supporters as defendants.

Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi Oluwasegun, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Mantim Nadom, Dimimu Mabel, Kolawole Salami, and Wale Lawrence are the plaintiffs.

In the lawsuit with the file number FHC/L/CS/1729/2022, the defendants are listed as follows: Mr. Obi, LP, Mr. Baba-Ahmed, Mr. Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), the Director-General of State Services, Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, and the Governor of Lagos State.

At the initial hearing on September 15, Mr. Osiagor ordered the plaintiffs to serve all defendants with process and postponed the hearing of the substantive motion until September 23.

Romeo Ese-Michael and Kayode Mogbojuri, representing the plaintiffs, were present at Friday’s opening of the trial.

A group led by Daniel Ibeagu defended the first four respondents, while Jonathan Ogunsanya represented the eighth, ninth, and tenth defendants.

Though the attorneys for the first and third defendants raised objections, Justice Osiagor ruled that service must occur in court.

Due to the gravity of the situation, the judge has ordered that the move on notice be heard and decided by October 1st.

The hearing on the motion for an injunction was postponed until September 28th, and he strongly advised the parties to avoid using procedural tricks to stall the case.

In the case with the docket number FHC/L/CS/1729/2022, the plaintiffs, represented by attorney Dada Awosika, submitted an ex parte motion.

They said that if the “infamous” EndSARS demonstration of 2020 were to be celebrated under the political cover of the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally,” peace would break down and people would suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In total, they sought four “reliefs” from the court.

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants; their associates and loyalists from conducting the scheduled END SARS Rally tagged as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally on the 1st of October, 2020 or any other subsequent date, at the Lekki Toll Gate until the hearing and determination of the Motion-On-Notice dated September 12, 2022.

“An order of temporary injunction barring the first, second, third, and fourth defendants and their loyalists from further preparation and promotion of the Scheduled END SARS Rally, labelled as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally”…”

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 5th, 6th, and 7th Defendants from permitting or granting permissions to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants, their agents, and the organisers of the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” at the behest of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants from carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October

Interim injunction prohibiting the 8th defendant (LCC) from allowing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants; their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists, to use the Lekki Toll Gate or any space under and within the control of the 8th defendant for carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October, 2022 and any other subsequent date.

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