Yoruba Lawyers Ask Court to Stop Obi-Datti23 Lagos Rally

Alt: = "Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed"

Ten persons, including nine lawyers, on Thursday,  asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to stop the Labour Party, LP, its candidates, and supporters from organising a rally, tagged ‘#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally’ on October 1, 2022, or any other date, in Lagos State, alleging that the rally will be an extension of the #EndSARS protest.

They prayed the court to restrain the LP’s presidential candidate Peter Obi; his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their supporters from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their motion on notice in the suit.

The plaintiffs in an ex-parte application filled before Justice Daniel Osiagor, through their counsel, Mr. Dada Awosika, SAN, are alleging that another form of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 in the name of political rally: “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will lead to a breakdown of public peace and will result in a post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

They are consequently asking the court to issue an order of interim injunction, restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants, their supporters from carrying out the scheduled rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally, which the plaintiffs described as “END SARS  Rally”, on October 1, 2022, or any other date, at the Lekki Toll Gate until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice in the suit.

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

While the defendants in the suit 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.

Justice Osiagor ordered the plaintiffs to put all the defendants on notice and adjourned the matter till September 23, 2022 for hearing.

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