Court Nullifies Alex Otti’s Candidature; All Labour Party Candidates In Abia, Kano Also Affected

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, presided over by Justice M N Yunusa has nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor-elect Dr Alex Otti and all the candidates of the Labour Party in Abia and Kano States, Daily post reports.

The court ruled that their emergence was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 electoral act.

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.

“The party that has not complied with the provisions of the electoral act cannot be said to have 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, Tinubu and APC are arguing that LP’s register was made available to INEC, but that Obi’s name was not there.

If LPs register has been made available before the presidential primaries, how would the Court in Kano expect LP to make it available again (a second time) before the Governorship primaries.

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