A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State has refused requests by 11 political parties to halt the holding of the Chairmen and Councillors election into the 57 Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission had scheduled the election for July 24, 2021.
Justice Akintayo Aluko made the decision in a ruling delivered on Friday in Suit No FHC/L/CS/596/2021, which was filed by the Alliance of Social Democrats and 10 Other Political Parties against the LASIEC and Lagos State Government.
Justice Aluko in the ruling upheld the submissions of the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), on behalf of the Lagos State Government.
The court declined jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit seeking to stop the conduct of the election.
In a similar development, the above decision of the Court was also upheld in another matter filed by the Youth Party against LASIEC and Another in Suit No FHC/L/CS/625/2021.
The Court not only declined jurisdiction but vacated the Interim Order of Injunction earlier granted in the matter on July 12, 2021.
Reacting to the developments, the Lagos State Ministry of Justice said the election into the 57 Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas in the Lagos State will hold on Saturday as earlier scheduled.
The Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, said: “Members of the public are therefore advised to peacefully exercise their franchise by ensuring that they come out to vote and abide by the guidelines of LASIEC.”