Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has barred supporters of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party from holding their obi-dient movement rally at the Lekki Toll Gate.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that the court, however, ruled that the supporters can march through the Lekki Toll Gate to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.
Justice Daniel Osiagor in his ruling also directed the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Abiodun Alabi, to ensure compliance.
A motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs asked the court to, among others, restrain the Labour Party, its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally at the Lekki Toll Gate.
A preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could however not be entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.
The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to November 4, 2022.
In the suit, 10 plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.
The 1st to 10th defendants are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.
In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.