Court Sacks LP Governor-Elect, Says Votes Secured “Wasted Votes”


News Investigators/ A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has nullified the candidature of the Abia State Governor elect Dr Alex Otti, for failing to comply with the provisions of the 2022 electoral act.

The court presided over by Justice M N Yunusa nullified all the candidates of the Labour Party in Abia State, Kano and the rest states in Nigeria.

In Suit No FHC/KN/CS/107/2023 filed by Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the Labour Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the court ruled that the failure of the Labour Party to submit its membership register to the electoral body within 30days 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,” Justice Yunusa said.

Declaring that: “This being so, the votes credited to the 1st defendant is a wasted Vote as the decision of the Supreme court,” the Judge ruled.


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