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Labour Party: Court Nullifies Candidature Of Alex Otti, Others In Abia, Kano

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


Alex Otti
A file photo of Alex Otti

 

Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court Kano has declared the votes polled by the Abia State governor-elect, Alex Otti, in the last general election as wasted, but stopped short of making an order withdrawing Mr Otti’s and other affected candidates’ certificates of return.

Justice Yunusa cited the failure of the Labour Party to submit its membership registers of Kano and Abia, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) preparatory to the party’s primary election as the basis for his verdict.

He says that it is in breach of the provisions of Section 77(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022,

The judge, ruling on a suit by Mister Ibrahim Ibrahim, said under Section 77(3) of the Electoral Act, Labour Party ought to submit its membership registers to INEC 30 days before its primary elections in Kano and Abia states.

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The judge held that the void primary elections of the Labour Party, cannot produce eligible candidates to be sponsored by the party in the general election, and the participation of the candidates of the party, in the election in Kano State and Abia State, is wasted.

The judge also turned down the request of the plaintiff who asked the court to order INEC to declare the first runners-up in all the elections in Abia and Kano states as winners.

Justice Yunusa said since the candidates that came second in the election were not parties in the suit before him, the court, lacks the jurisdiction to make an order for the issuance of a certificate of return to them but was at liberty to seek redress in the appropriate division of the court.

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