Court Sacks Abia State Governor-Elect, Alex Otti.
Justice M.N Yunusa of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano State has nullified the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti alongside the candidatures of all those who contested the 2023 general elections under the Labour Party (LP) in Abia and Kano States
Guardian reports that the Court gave the ruling in Suit No FHC/KN/CS/107/2023 filed by Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the LP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The court ruled that the emergence of the affected candidates was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 electoral act. It 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 null and void.
“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.
Recall that the Abia Governor-elect, Otti, was declared the winner of the March 18 Abia gubernatorial election by the INEC after winning 10 of the 17 local government areas (LGAs) in the state and polled 175,467 votes.
INEC’s state returning officer, Professor Nnenna Oti, declared Otti as the governor-elect, having polled the highest number of votes and having fulfilled the requirements to be named the governor-elect.