11 parties ask court to halt Lagos LG election

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11 political parties have asked a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, to halt the scheduled local government election in Lagos State, due to the failure of the Lagos State Independent Election Commission, LASIEC, to register them for the election.

The 11 political parties include Alliance of Social Democrats, All Grand Alliance Party, Change Advocacy Party, Mega Party of Nigeria, Progressive People’s Alliance, Save Nigeria Congress, We The People’s Nigeria, Young Democratic Party, Advanced Congress of Democrats, and Mass Movement of Nigeria.

The suit has LASIEC, the Attorney-General of Lagos State and the Independent National Electoral Commission as its defendants.

Counsel to the political parties, Adesanmi Afolabi, filed a motion ex parte seeking an order of interim injunction restraining LASIEC from conducting the local government election of Lagos State, scheduled to hold on July 24, 2021, pending the hearing and determination of its motion on notice filed on June 18, 2021.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), informed the court that they have a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of court in entertaining the suit.

He also stated that they had filed a counter affidavit to the plaintiffs’ originating summons.

However, Afolabi informed the court that he had filed his response to the counter affidavit of the 2nd defendant, but he has not been able to serve INEC, the third defendant, as they are evading service.

He also informed the court that he had filed an ex parte application, urging the court to restrain LASIEC from taking any step pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Onigbanjo went on to oppose the hearing of the plaintiffs’ ex parte motion, saying that the procedure is unknown to law.

Accordng to Onigbanjo, the procedure adopted by the plaintiff contradicts the rule of sequence as the motion on notice cannot be filed before the motion ex parte.

The judge in charge of the case, Justice Akintayo Aluko, scheduled the ruling for July 19, 2021.

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