Activist sues Obi for involving toddler in rally

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Child rights activist, Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre, has sued the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, for N50m as damages for allegedly involving an underage girl-child in his political rally in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ojo-Lanre had on October 27 filed the originating motion on notice before a family court in Ikeja High Court.

Ojo-Lanre is suing the respondent as a “Concerned Nigerian and litigation friend” of the toddler.

Other respondents in the suit marked ID/6332GCM/2022 included: the Labour Party, Queen (mother of the underage), Federal Republic of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The petitioner is seeking an award of N50m damages against the first, second and third respondents for the violation of the child rights of the underage girl-child.

According to him, it is illegal, misleading, unlawful, exploitative and abusive for the presidential candidate to post the picture and video of the toddler via his Twitter handle dated October 2 to refer to her as “a poster child.”

He said, “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.

The petitioner is seeking an award of N50m damages against the first, second and third respondents for the violation of the child rights of the underage girl-child.

According to him, it is illegal, misleading, unlawful, exploitative and abusive for the presidential candidate to post the picture and video of the toddler via his Twitter handle dated October 2 to refer to her as “a poster child.”