Court Sacks Abia Gov-elect, Alex Otti, All LP Candidates In Abia, Kano

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Justice M N Yunusa of a Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, has nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr. Alex Otti and all candidates of the Labour Party, LP, in Abia and Kano States.

The court held that their emergence as candidates of the party was not in compliance with provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.

The Court, in Suit No: FHC/KN/CS/107/2023 filed by one, 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.

“The party that has not complied with the provisions of the electoral act cannot be said to have candidates 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.

A copy of the Court judgement was obtained Friday by DAILY POST.

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