Rally: Court orders Obi’s supporters not to converge at Lekki toll gate

A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered the Labour Party (LP) and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki Toll Gate in furtherance of its planned #Obidatti23 Rally, scheduled for Oct. 1.

The presiding judge, Justice Daniel Osiagor, made the order following an application brought by 10 persons seeking, among others things, to restrain the party its presidential candidate, Peter Obi; Obi’s running mate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, and their loyalists from holding the rally.

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

The defendants in the suit include LP, Obi, Baba-Ahmed, Inspector-General of Police (I-G) and Lagos State Commissioner of Police. The others are Director-General of the Department of State Services, (DSS); Lekki Concession Company Ltd.; Attorney-General of Lagos State, and Lagos State governor.

Osiagor, however, held that while the rally participants should not converge at the Lekki Toll Gate, they can pass through it to access Falomo Bridge and other venues where they planned to meet. The court directed the I-G and Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.

Meanwhile, a preliminary objection filed by the defendants, seeking to stop the court from hearing the suit, on grounds of incompetence, could not be heard, on the grounds that all the parties in the suit were not served the relevant court processes.

The court adjourned the hearing of the substantive suit to November 4th.

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