December 4, 2022



ObiDatti 2023: Courtroom stops rally at Lekki toll gate

Labour Get together chairman Julius Abure raises Peter Obi and Yusuf Baba-Ahmed as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates

The Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Lagos Wednesday ordered the Labour Get together and its supporters to not converge on the Lekki toll gate for his or her ‘#Obidatti23 Ahead Ever Rally’ billed to carry on October 1, 2022.

Justice Daniel Osiagor, who made the order, didn’t cease the supporters from holding the rally in 4 different venues in Lagos State.

Moderately, the choose directed that the rally procession can’t cease or converge on the Lekki toll gate.

He added that the procession can move by means of the toll gate to entry Falomo Bridge and the 4 different venues the place the rally plans to satisfy.

The choose directed the Inspector-Basic of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to make sure compliance with the order.

Justice Osiagor made these orders in his ruling on a movement for injunction filed by 10 plaintiffs, together with 9 legal professionals.

The plaintiffs, by means of their counsel Mr. Romeo Ese Michael, are searching for to, amongst others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally on October 1, 2022, or some other date, in Lagos State.

They argued {that a} repeat or celebration of the “notorious” EndSARS protest of 2020 below the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Ahead Ever Rally” will trigger a breakdown of peace and lead to post-traumatic stress dysfunction for them and the general public.

The plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq.,  Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi Okay. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.

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The first to tenth defendants within the swimsuit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-Basic of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-Basic (Division of State Providers), Lekki Concession Firm (LCC) Restricted, Legal professional-Basic of Lagos state and the governor of Lagos state.

When the matter first got here up on September 15, Justice Osiagor directed the plaintiffs to place all of the defendants on discover and adjourned the listening to of the substantive movement until September 23, 2022.

On September 23, he additional adjourned until Wednesday, September 28 to listen to the movement for an injunction

On the resumption of proceedings on Wednesday, Justice Osiagor declined to listen to a movement for preliminary objection filed on Tuesday, September 27, by Obi and Baba-Ahmed.

Obi’s counsel, Mr. Alex Ejezenare, SAN, prayed the court docket to adjourn the case to allow him transfer his movement difficult the court docket’s jurisdiction.

However Mr. Michael opposed him. The plaintiff’s counsel prayed the court docket to not toe that line of argument, including that the enterprise of the day was to listen to the movement for interlocutory injunction which was ripe. 

“The court docket can’t be ready for a (defendants’) movement which is but to be served on many events and can’t stall the enterprise of right now. Subsequently I plead passionately for the court docket to listen to our movement for injunction which the enterprise of right now,” Michael mentioned.

In a bench ruling, the choose upheld his argument. 

“This movement was simply filed yesterday (Tuesday) and it isn’t ripe, subsequently it can’t truncate the enterprise of right now. It is going to be taken when it’s ripe,” Justice Osiagor dominated.

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Transferring the appliance, Michael argued that Lagos State couldn’t afford a repeat of what occurred in 2020 on the toll gate.

“My lord, I wept after I was passing by means of Igbosere yesterday due to the destruction of Igbosere Excessive court docket,” he added.

However counsel to respondents clarified that the rally was to not be held on the Lekki toll gate. 

Ejezenare mentioned the rally was scheduled to carry in Lagos on October 1 in 4 areas inside Lagos none of which embrace the Lekki toll gate.

In his ruling and by consent of the events, Justice Osiagor held that the Labour Get together had a proper to carry its rally in 4 locations except the Lekki toll gate.

“The first to 4th respondents shouldn’t converge on the toll gate gate. They’ll move by means of Falomo however to not assemble there,” the choose held.

He adjourned the swimsuit until November 4, 2022 for listening to.