The Labour Party’s Peter Obi is being sued for N50 million for allegedly including a toddler in a political rally in Lagos, according to child rights campaigner Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre.
Just several weeks ago, footage of a little girl at a Labour Party event went viral online. Peter Obi later thanked the kid.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on October 27, child rights activist Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre submitted the maiden application on notice before a family court in the Ikeja High Court.
In the lawsuit with the filing number ID/6332GCM/2022, Ojo is suing the defendant on behalf of the toddler as a “Concerned Nigerian and litigation friend,” along with the Labour Party, Queen (the mother of the minor), the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (SAN).
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He asserts that it was dishonest, illegal, exploitative, and abusive of Peter Obi to use the toddler’s image and video as “a poster kid” on his Twitter account on October 2.
In his words;
“The first defendant allowed participation and usage of a toddler in an adult political rally, which took place on the street of Lagos on October 1.
This is contrary to Sections 29 and 33 of the Child Rights Act of Lagos State and Article 36 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Children, 1981.
We seek an order for the first and second respondents to delete their respective tweets and several other posts on their social media accounts in reference to the underage girl-child.
We also seek an order mandating the fourth and fifth respondents to withdraw the toddler from the care and custody of the third respondent.
In order to provide the child with the proper care, education, protection, and upbringing until she turns 18 years old, we are requesting a court order that the child is placed in any welfare home that is accredited by and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs or other appropriate authorities.
We further ask that the second respondent be disqualified from running for president in 2023 as a result of tolerating, adopting, supporting, and permitting the use of the child for his rally.
There is no set time for the hearing.