Peter Obi’s lawyer says court lacks jurisdiction to stop ‘OBIdient’ rally in Lagos

  • Nine lawyers recently asked a court to restrain Labour Party supporters from holding a rally in the state
  • In a preliminary objection, the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi have asked the court to dismiss the application
  • Obi’s supporters, who call themselves ‘Obidients’, have been marching in various cities in the country

LagosThe presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss an application seeking to prevent his supporters from holding a procession in the state on Saturday, October 1.

Some lawyers in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1729/2022 filed an ex parte motion against the Lagos march.

Peter Obi
Peter Obi’s lawyer says the Lagos court has no jurisdiction to stop the planned Labour Party rally.
Photo credit: @PeterObi
Source: Twitter

Justice Daniel Osiagor subsequently adjourned the matter till Wednesday, September 28, after taking arguments from the parties on the mode of service of court processes, among others.

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However, in a preliminary objection seen by and filed by his lawyer, Mr. Alex Ejesieme (SAN), the Labour Party and its candidate asked the court to dismiss the application on five grounds.

Ejesieme argued:

“The subject matter of the plaintiffs’ suit is not within the jurisdictional purview of the Federal High Court. The plaintiffs have not disclosed any reasonable cause of action as to activate the jurisdiction of this honourable court.”

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Meanwhile, The Guardian newspaper reports that Obi on Tuesday, September 27 urged Nigerians to vote for a competent leader in the 2023 general elections rather than pander to tribal or religious sentiments.

Specifically, Obi asked Nigerians not to vote for him just because he is Igbo or hails from the southeast region, which many Nigerians believe is politically marginalised.

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Tinubu is ailing, Osinbajo should have been better for APC, says Pat Utomi

On his part, a chieftain of the LP, Professor Pat Utomi, recently declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) made a mistake by fielding an ailing person to be the flag bearer of the party come the 2023 presidential election.

He said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo should have been the best candidate for the ruling party instead of former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The respected economic expert made the comments while speaking on a political programme on Channels Television.

2023: Demand for bullet-proof vehicles surge ahead of general elections

In a related development, as preparations for the 2023 general elections gain momentum, the demands for bullet-proof Sports Utility Vehicles have increased significantly across the country.

Very Important Personalities, top chieftains and candidates of political parties have been procuring customised vehicles that offer special protection in the run-up to the campaigns and elections.

Apart from ordering armoured vehicles, it was also learnt that politicians were applying for special police protection and procuring other security wares.


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