Nigeria: Uneasy calm in Lagos as Tinubu and Obi supporters plan October 1 counter-rallies

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An uneasy calm reigns in Lagos over the proposed October 1 rally for the Labor Party (LP) and its presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi, The Daily Trust can report.

The rally is scheduled to be held at Lekki Tollgate, the epicenter of the #EndSARS rally, among other venues, which rocked the state and other parts of Nigeria in 2020.

The proposed rally is generating tension in Lagos as supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu plan a counter-rally.

The two are said to be working around the clock to organize the counter-rally amid fear and apprehension of a possible breakdown in law and order in the state.

Already, some lawyers loyal to Tinubu, who is a former state governor, have filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop LP, its candidates and supporters from staging the rally labeled “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever rally”.

The injunction motion is due to be heard today (Wednesday) by Judge Daniel Osiagor, who set the date last week after hearing arguments from the parties on how to serve court documents, among other things.

Despite the legal process, sources told our correspondent that both sides are already preparing for the rally and the counter-rally.

Contacted yesterday, the head of public relations for the police, Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin, did not respond to our correspondent’s request.

However, a public affairs analyst, Comrade Achike Chude, in conversation with our correspondent, warned that a counter-rally would be a “recipe for chaos and disorder”.

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