Alex Otti (file photo)
‘The court ruled that their emergence was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.’
By Valentine Amanze
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, Kano State, presided over by Justice M N Yunusa on Friday May 19, 2023, nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti, and all the candidates of the Labour Party (LP) in Abia and Kano states.
The court ruled that their emergence was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.
In a copy of the judgement made available to the media on Friday, the Court in Suit No FHC/KN/CS/107/2023 filed by Mr Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the Labour Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ruled that the failure of the Labour Party to submit its membership register to the INEC within 30 days before their primaries renders the process invalid.
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“The party that has not complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act cannot be said to have a candidate in an election and cannot be declared winner of an election; this being so, the votes credited to the 1st defendant is a wasted vote,” the Judge ruled.
Meanwhile, there is no official reaction from the Labour Party and its candidates on the judgement yet.