The Nation (Nigeria)

Court declines plea to stop Lagos council election

- By Robert Egbe

AFEDERAL High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday declined to make an order of status quo ante that would have suspended the local government elections in Lagos State scheduled for Saturday.

Justice Chukwujekw­u Aneke, rather, adjourned till November 29, proceeding­s in the suit filed by an All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) chairmansh­ip aspirant, Raheem Rasaki Alani.

The judge gave the ruling after upholding the argument of counsel to the Lagos State Independen­t Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN.

Joined as first and second defendants/ respondent­s in a suit numbered FHC/L/CS/ 677/2021 are the Independen­t National Electoral Commission (INEC) and LASIEC.

Alani is seeking, among others, to restrain INEC from making the register for Lagos’ 20 Local Government Areas (LGA) available, arguing that LASIEC ought to conduct the election in accordance with the “constituti­onally recognised” LGAS in Lagos, and not based on the 57 Local Council Developmen­t Areas (LCDAS) created by the state.

But Pinheiro has filed a preliminar­y objection on behalf of LASIEC praying the court to strike out and or dismiss the suit in its entirety.

At the resumption of proceeding­s on Monday, some parties, including the African Action Congress (AAC), African Peoples Movement (APM) and BOOT informed the court of their intention to join as plaintiffs.

Responding, Pinheiro prayed the court to adjourn proceeding­s till after the annual vacation of the court because, among others, the intending parties who said they had filed a notice to join the suit, had yet to serve him and until that was done, the case could not go on.

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