APC Enforcer Stopped
Nigerian court bars the ruling party enforcer in Lagos from transporting election materials and staff on election day
A Federal High Court in the Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos has barred the notorious ruling party enforcer known as MC Oluomo from transporting election materials on election day. The court injunction was delivered Monday.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke granted the interim interlocutory injunction after listening to an application filed by Labour Party (LP) and two other political parties and their governorship candidates.
The injunction barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Lagos from engaging the services of the state director of Motor Parks and Garages Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo to provide logistics for INEC materials and staff on election day.
Applicants in the suit were the LP and its governorship candidate in the state, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the other political parties who filed the application are: African Democratic Congress (ADC) and its candidate, Funsho Doherty and the Boot Party (BP) and its candidate, Wale Oluwo.
MC Oluomo, 47, an enforcer for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu became the newly established Lagos State Parks and Garages Committee (PGC) chairman following internal clashes within the state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) known locally as agberos and sometimes acted as enforcers for the ruling party.
APC governor of Lagos Jide Sanwo Olu created the new committee after clearing it with his political boss Tinubu reports allege in preparation for the 2023 election as Lagos is a stronghold of the ruling party.
In early February, the INEC resident commissioner in the state Olusegun Agbaje disclosed that the electoral body will contract the PGC which led to public outcry that will be no free and fair election in Lagos which has been under the yoke of Tinubu and his henchmen since the return to democracy in 1999.
INEC who is the only defendant in the suit was absent at the proceedings even though the lawyer representing the parties, Abass Arisekola told the court that the commission was served with the court papers.
Justice Aneke fixed February 22 as the substantive hearing date while ordering that all the processes in the suit be served on INEC.
Akowe reports from Lagos
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