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Nine lawyers, one other move to stop ‘#ObiDatti23 Forward Ever Rally’



Ten lawyers have asked the Federal High Court, Lagos to stop the Labour Party (LP), its candidates, and supporters from conducting a rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on October 1 or any other date, in Lagos State.

They specifically asked the court to restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice; Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure, and their loyalists from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their motion-on-notice of September 12.

The 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 Wale Abe Lawrence, Esq.

They filed the suit against the 1st to 10th defendants; 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 an ex parte motion filed before Justice Daniel Osiagor through their counsel Mr. Dada Awosika, SAN, leading Temilolu Ademolekun and others, the plaintiffs argued 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 a post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

They asked the court for four reliefs – “An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants; their associates and loyalists from conducting the scheduled #EndSARS rally tagged as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally on the 1st of October, 2020 or any other subsequent date, at the Lekki Toll Gate until the hearing and determination of the Motion-On-Notice dated the 12 Day of September, 2022;

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“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants and their loyalists from further planning and promoting the Scheduled #EndSARS rally tagged as the “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally.

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 5th 6th, 7th Defendants from allowing or granting permissions to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants, their agents, and the organizers of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” at the behest of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants from carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October, 2022 and any other subsequent date.

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 8th Defendant (LCC) from granting permission to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants; their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists, to make use of the Lekki Toll Gate or any space under and within the control of the 8th Defendant for carrying out the said anniversary on the 1st of October, 2022 and any other subsequent date.”

Justice Osiagor directed the plaintiffs to put all the defendants on notice. The judge made the order following Awosika’s application.

He then adjourned the hearing of the substantive motion till September 23.

The plaintiffs, by their originating summons filed on the 9th of September, 2022 listed 12 grounds upon which the judge should grant their reliefs.

They include, “That the actions of the supporters, agents, privies and loyalists of the 1, 2nd, 3rd and 4 defendants to conduct the scheduled rally tagged “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” to hold on the 1 of October 2022 is contrary to Section 45(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the actions of the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Defendants by allowing the 1-4 Defendants amounts to an overreach in executive powers and a breach of statutory duties bestowed on them.

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“That the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants, their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists have gone beyond the reach of their fundamental right to assembly as the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” is in contravention with the purports of Section 45(1) of the constitution.

“That the 5, 6, and 7th defendants are security agencies enacted by relevant statutes and have the sole duty and responsibility to maintain public safety, law, and order in the society at large.

“That the 5th 6th and 7th defendants have failed to do their duties as required of them by the law by granting permission to the 1, 2, 3, and 4th Defendants; their agents, privies, allies, and loyalists to conduct the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” on the 1st of October, 2022 at the Lekki Toll Gate.

“That the 8th defendant is in gross breach of the purports of Section 38(2) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 to not donate its property to any political party or political association or for any political cause to which the 8 Defendant has failed forthwith.

“That the 9th and 10th defendants, being constitutionally enacted offices, have statutorily bestowed duties and obligations to the general public to preserve and maintain law, public order, and safety and also ensure compliance with the law to which they have failed forthwith.

“That the scheduled rally tagged as “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” is to hold on the 1st of October, 2022, and failure to restrain the defendants from the conduction of the said rally would amount to another display of great destruction to lives and properties as it ensued during the #EndSARS protest of 2020.

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“That a repeat or celebration of the said infamous #EndSARS protest of 2020 in this year 2022 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will result in a total breakdown of peace and will result in a post-traumatic stress disorder for me and the other plaintiffs, as well as some affected member of the public as same has generated major controversy on the social media with loyalist and members of other political camps, are equally threatening a rival rally at the same date and venue for convergence.”



Reactions trail Enugu tribunal judgement affirming Gov. Mbah’s election



Governor Peter Mbah and Chijioke Edeoga

Reactions have begun to trail the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal judgement on Thursday, which dismissed the Petition of the Labour Party and its candidate, Mr Chijioke Edeoga, against the election of Mr Peter Mbah of the PDP.

The Enugu Governorship Election Tribunal chairman, Justice Kudirat Akano during the Judgement, struck out all the petitions by LP and upheld the election of Mbah as the duly elected governor of Enugu State.

Edeoga’s application had sought to disqualify Mbah over alleged forgery of the NYSC certificate.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone on the judgement, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Aka Eze Aka said the judgement was expected.

“You can see the jubilation everywhere which is enough evidence that the people actually voted for Mbah.

“That goes to prove that the people of the state love him, hence, they voted massively for him,” he said.

Aka said the victory means that the government would now concentrate on the various projects lined up for the development of the state.

In the same vein, a legal practitioner and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Mr Chidi Okeke, described the judgement as a welcome development.

“We did not expect anything less. It is a sweet victory,” he said.

However, the State Publicity Secretary of Labour Party, Mr Onuora Odo, described the Judgement as a “sham and a pervasion of justice”.

Odo, a legal practitioner, vowed that the party would surely move to a higher Court to seek justice.

“Our legal team is going to study the judgement carefully and advise on the next line of action.

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“But be rest assured that we will seek justice in a higher court, that Judgement cannot stand,” he said.

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Tribunal verdict, victory for democracy and Enugu, says Gov Mbah



Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah

…extends hands of fellowship to opposition
…restates commitment to campaign promises

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has lauded the decision of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed the petitions of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Labour Party (LP) candidates challenging his victory in the March 18, 2023 governorship election, describing the decision as victory for democracy and the people of Enugu State.

Dr. Mbah, who also extended hands of fellowship to the opposition candidates and their political parties, said the task to build Enugu remained a collective one, adding that he was committed to working with all, irrespective of political persuasions.

The tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Akano, had earlier in the day dismissed the petitions of the governorship candidate of the PRP, Chris Agu, and the candidate of the LP, Chijioke Edeoga.

Addressing the state, at the Government House, Enugu, Mbah said: “This is another memorable day in the anal of our dear state, as the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirmed the mandate, which you freely gave to us on 18th of March this year.

“This is victory for Ndi Enugu. It is also victory for democracy.

“It is a victory for massive development for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for exponential growth for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for Enugu’s greatness. It is a victory for the ban on Monday sit-at-home. It is also victory for our determination to restore water in all your homes in the next 68 days”.

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While thanking God for making the victory possible, Dr. Mbah also commended the tribunal for painstakingly dissecting the petitions and “for coming out with fair and just decision that resonates with Ndi Enugu”.

According to him, “the verdict has further strengthened our confidence in the judiciary as the temple of justice and the last hope of the common man”.

Extending hands of fellowship to his opponents, Mbah said: “There is time for everything under the sun. There is time to strive and time to unite. We all put ourselves forward to serve Ndi Enugu. The people have spoken and the tribunal has also affirmed. If service was the motivation, then it is time to rise above partisanship and come together because there is so much work to be done.

“Our arms are wide open and I beckon on my brothers, who ran this race with us, to join us in the onerous task of building a new Enugu State of our dreams.

“In the same vein, I enjoin all our supporters to be magnanimous in victory. Politics is over. Governance began on 29th May when we were inaugurated. It is time to unite”.

Governor Mbah, who reiterated his resolve to deliver on his campaign promises, further stressed that the tribunal’s decision was an elixir to do more, and urged the people to hold him to account on those promises.

“Once more, I immensely thank the good people of Enugu State, who not only believed in us, but also vested their mandate in us. Above all also above, they have stood by us every step of the way.

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“I want to assure them that I will work for them with every fibre of my being. I stand by every campaign promise I made as espoused in our Statement of Purpose. I also stand by the Citizens Charter that I executed on my first day in office. The Enugu people should hold me to account. I will not let them down”, he concluded.

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Gunmen kill ASP, Inspector in Enugu



Gunmen yet to be identified have allegedly killed two police officers in Enugu State in an ambush.

The officers were killed when the hoodlums ambushed a mobile police patrol team Wednesday evening.

The incident happened at about 7:30 pm along the Udi-Ozalla Road as the Operation Restore Peace Enugu team was on routine patrol.

The victims were identified as Danjuma Joseph, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Inspector Abu Elamaje.

The source hinted that they were rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku-Ozalla for treatment but were confirmed dead by doctors on duty.

Another officer, Inspector Udeme Udomeng, who sustained bullet wounds, was treated and discharged.

Daily Sun quoted a source in the command as saying that “MINE and other command tactical teams reinforced at the area of incident on cordon and search operation for possible arrest of suspects. Further development shall be communicated.”

It is unclear whether the policemen were killed by the kidnappers who have been on rampage in different parts of the State or another set of hoodlums.

The Advocate reports that about eight security operatives were ambushed and killed in Imo State last weekend.

Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe on the development was unsuccessful by press time as he did not answer the calls.

A text message sent to him has also not been replied as of the time of filing this report.

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