KANO – The Federal High Court, Kano, presided over by Justice M N Yunusa has nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti.
All the candidates of the Labour Party in Abia and Kano States are also affected by the ruling of the court.
Alex Otti was the Labour Party governorship candidate for Abia State and he was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court ruled that their emergence was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2022 electoral act.
A copy of the judgement delivered by the court was obtained Friday morning.
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. (The Advocate)