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Hope Party Asks Court to Stop Jonathan’s Rallies

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As the Transformations Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) continues with its nationwide rallies aimed at drumming up support for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 general election, the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order stopping the rallies.

Cited as defendants in the suit are President Jonathan, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Inspector-General of Police as the 1st to 8th defendants respectively.

In the suit filed by its counsel, Ipunu Isaac Emmanuel, the party is asking the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further canvassing, campaigning, promoting and publicising/advertising in any form by TAN.

It is also seeking an order restraining TAN from canvassing for votes and holding political rallies for candidates and encouraging the unwholesome violation of the provision of the constitution relating to Section 221 and undue wastage of public funds meant for developmental purposes.

The party said the rallies were lawless and endangered the county.
The party also asked the court for a declaration that any campaign or political rally under any guise by any association other than a political party, not following the laid down rules, seeking to lure citizens to vote or directly canvassing for votes for any proposed candidate for any election was unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional and an abuse of the laws of the land.

The plaintiff posed the following questions for the court to determine: • Whether by virtue of the provisions of sections 221, 229 paragraph 15 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the defendants are not under a constitutional duty to protect and enforce the law, to ensure that no association in lauding TAN defendants violates the law to canvass for votes for any candidates for the purpose of an election in Nigeria?

• Whether the continued violation and lack of protection of the constitution by the defendants does not weaken the fabric and structure of the federation and encourage insecurity, lawlessness, looting of the treasury and federal resources under shady guises and through unlawful means to the detriment of the nation’s economy and political stability.

• And whether the violation and lack of protection of sections 221 of the 1999 Constitution by the defendants is not an abuse of power and office and orderly means of political campaign and vote seeking by candidates at an election through their political party’s platform.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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