A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Labour Party (LP) and its supporters not to converge on the Lekki tollgate for its “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever” rally scheduled for October 1.
Court Rules On Peter Obi’s Rally In Lagos
KanyiDaily recalls that ten lawyers had asked the court to restrain Peter Obi, presidential candidate of LP; Datti Baba-Ahmed, vice-presidential candidate; Julius Abure, party chairman and their supporters from holding the rally in Lagos until the hearing and determination of their suit.
The plaintiffs argued that the rally could cause the breakdown of law and order in Lagos, similar to the October 2020 #EndSARS rally in which lives were lost and properties were destroyed across the state.
The lawyers also asked the court to restrain Obi and his party, as well as their loyalists, from further planning and promoting the rally.
They further sought an injunction to prevent the rally from going ahead as well as the organisers from using the Lekki toll plaza or any other space within Lagos state.
In his judgment on Wednesday, September 28, Justice Daniel Osiagor ordered Obi’s supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for the rally billed to hold on the 1st of October.
Justice Osiagor did not stop Obi’s supporters from holding rallies in Lagos.
He held that while the supporters cannot converge at the Lekki toll gate, they can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other places at which the rally plans to meet.
The judge further directed the Inspector-General of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.
KanyiDaily recalls that Peter Obi supporters known as ‘Obidients’ had recently trooped out en mass to hold a solidarity match for him in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.