Lagos LG poll: Court hears application Jan 18
Justice A. M. Lawal of a Lagos High Court, Igbosere has fixed January 18, 2016 for hearing of an application filed in the case instituted by National Conscience Party (NCP) against Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) and others over local government election.
Other respondents in the suit delineated as LD/318MJR/2015 are the Attorney General of Lagos and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court had in a judgment delivered on October 23, 2015 granted an Order of Mandamus directing LASIEC to publish electoral guidelines and time table within 30 days for election to be conducted in line with the provisions of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission Law. The court also declared as unconstitutional the appointment of Caretaker Committees as administrators of Local Government Councils in the State.
When the matter came up for hearing at the last sitting, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr KazeemAdeniji told court of an appeal against the judgment and applied for a stay of the execution of the Judgment pending the determination of the Appeal.
Similarly,Mr A.A Osara, counsel representing LASIEC, informed the Court that his client had also filed a Notice of Appeal and an application for an injunction Pending Appeal/Stay of Execution of the judgment pending the hearing and determination of the appeal against the judgment.
Counsel who represented the Applicant, (NCP), Mr Kingsley Izimah, requested for time to respond to the applications.
The court observed that the counsel on record for NCP is different from the one presently representing it and Mr.Izima promised to regularise his position before the next date.
Justice Lawal subsequently adjourned the matter till January 18, 2016 for hearing of the applications.