The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss an application seeking to prevent his supporters from staging a walk in Lagos.
10 plaintiffs, including nine lawyers, had asked the court to restrain the party, Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, the party’s national chairman, Julius Abure, and their supporters from holding the rally.
Justice Daniel Osiagor had subsequently adjourned the matter till Wednesday, September 28 after taking arguments from the parties on the mode of service of court processes, among others.
However, in a preliminary objection filed by his lawyer, Mr. Alex Ejesieme (SAN), the party and its candidate asked the court to dismiss the application on five grounds.
They argued that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case.“The subject matter of the plaintiff’s suit is not within the jurisdictional purview of the Federal High Court. The plaintiffs have not disclosed any reasonable cause of action to activate the jurisdiction of this honorable court.