Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential standard-bearer, and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, its vice-presidential candidate, have been sued for their intention to utilize the Lekki Tollgate as a base to organize a rally dubbed the “Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” before the 2023 general elections.
There are worries that Mr. Obi’s protest at the Lekki Tollgate will lead to PTSD in Nigerians.
In remembrance of the second anniversary of the EndSARS protest, nine attorneys have filed a case in the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court requesting that Messrs. Obi and Datti not be permitted to use the Lekki Tollgate.
The attorneys are asking the court to order Messrs. Obi and Baba-Ahmed to postpone their rally there while their case is heard and decided.
Their attorney, Dada Awosika, submitted an ex parte motion on their behalf before Judge Daniel Osiagor (SAN). To prevent a repeat of the #EndSARS protest in 2020, the plaintiffs pleaded with the court to put an end to the march.
Under the political cover of the “Obidatti23 Forward Ever Gathering,” the plaintiffs claimed that the rally would destabilize public order, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder in both them and the general populace.
The plaintiffs requested a court order prohibiting Labour Party supporters in Lagos from organizing and publicizing demonstrations.
Legal counsel is provided by Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Suleiman Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, and Owolabi Oluwasegun. They consist of Wale Abe Lawrence, Dimimu Mabel, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Mantim Nadom, and Kolawole Salami.
The plaintiff, Labour Party, Mr. Baba-Ahmed, Mr. Abure, Inspector General of Police, Police Commissioner of Lagos, Director General of SSS, Lekki Concession Company Limited, Lagos Attorney General, and Lagos Governor are the first through tenth defendants in the lawsuit with the file number FHC/L/CS/1729/2022.