Court hears lawsuit to stop Labor Party rally

Nine lawyers and one Wale Lawrence on Thursday asked a federal Supreme Court in Lagos State to stop the Labor Party, its candidates and supporters from holding a rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on October 1, 2022, or a other date in Lagos State.

The 10 plaintiffs specifically urged the court to stop the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, his running mate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure, and their loyalists from holding the rally until the hearing and determination of their motion on notice dated September 12, 2022.

The nine lawyers are Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi Oluwasegun, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Nadom, Dimimu Mabel and Kolawole Salami.

The first through tenth defendants in the lawsuit designated FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, the State Command of Lagos, the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lekki Concession Company Limited, Attorney General of Lagos State and the Governor of Lagos State.

In their ex parte motion filed with Justice Daniel Osiagor through their counsel, Dada Awosika (SAN), they prayed the court for four exemptions.

One of the reliefs read: “A preliminary injunction order against the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants; their associates and loyalists from conducting the planned EndSARS rally marked as the ‘#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally’ on October 1, 2022 , or any other later date, at the Lekki Toll Gate until the hearing and adoption of the Motion-On-Notice dated September 12, 2022.”

Justice Osiagor instructed the plaintiffs to notify all defendants.

He adjourned the handling of the substantive motion until September 23, 2022.

In their original subpoena, filed on September 9, 2022, the plaintiffs listed 12 grounds on which the judge should grant their relief.

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