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Court Prevents INEC From Using MC Oluomo To Circulate Election Materials In Lagos

Until the hearing and decision of the substantive suit, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC from taking any actions or further actions in support of the engagement of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee led by Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, to distribute election materials and personnel in Lagos state on election days.

When granting an exparte plea filed by the Labour Party and five other parties, Judge Aneke issued the ruling. The applicants had requested an interlocutory injunction prohibiting the Independent National Electoral Commission from taking any additional steps in connection with the engagement or appointment of Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, whether by itself or by any of its officers, affiliates, servants, privies, or agents, or by anyone else acting or purporting to act for and on its behalf.

Both the Labour Party and its candidate for governor of Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, as well as the Boot Party and its candidate for governor, Olawale Oluwo, filed the lawsuit. Olusegun Agbaje, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos, had declared that in the lack of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state, he had no choice but to collaborate with the parks committee to distribute election materials and personnel in the state.

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