Justice Daniel Osiagor, of the Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, fixed September 28 for the hearing of a motion for an injunction trying to stop the Labour Party, its candidates and supporters from conducting the #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally on October 1, 2022, or any other date, in Lagos State.
The judge fixed the date after listening to the arguments from the plaintiffs and respondents’ counsels on the mode of service of court processes, among others.
In the suit, 10 plaintiffs, including nine lawyers, prayed the court to, among others, to restrain the LP, its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, his vice-presidential candidate, 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, 2022.
Among the plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi Oluwasegun and Mogbojuri Kayode.
The 1st to 10th defendants in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 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.
At the resumed hearing of proceedings on Friday, Romeo Ese-Michael with Kayode Mogbojuri announced appearance for the Plaintiffs.
The 1st to 4th respondents were represented by a team led by Daniel Ibeagu whilst the 8th, 9th and 10th defendants were represented by Jonathan Ogunsanya.
Counsel for the 1st and 3rd defendants objected to the mode of service but Justice Osiagor ordered that they should be served in court.
The judge berated parties to abridge time as the matter was of importance, noting that the motion on notice must be heard and determined before October 1.
He further urged parties to avoid technicalities meant to frustrate such a sensitive matter and adjourned till September 28 for hearing of the motion for injunction.
When the matter first came up on September 15, Justice Osiagor directed the plaintiffs to put all the defendants on notice and adjourned the hearing of the substantive motion till Friday, September 23, 2022.
The plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022, filed an ex parte motion through their counsel, Mr. Dada Awosika, SAN, leading Temilolu Adamolekun and others.