Abia Gubernatorial elections: Court fires Labour Party’s Governor-elect just nine days before taking office

A Federal High Court in Kano has invalidated all the votes received by Alex Otti, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), during the governorship election held on March 18. Continue Reading>>>

According to a report by Daily Trust, the LP managed to secure a governorship seat only in Abia State during the 2023 elections. The court also nullified the candidature of all LP contestants in Abia and Kano states.

The court’s judgment, delivered on Thursday and seen by Daily Trust on Friday, stated that the LP failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, particularly in relation to the party’s primary elections in Abia and Kano states. Continue Reading>>>

Justice M.N. Yunusa, the presiding judge in the case filed by Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the LP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), held that the electoral body was obligated to receive the register of members of the LP and other political parties in both hard and soft copies at least 30 days before the party conducted its primary elections.

The court ruled that the LP’s failure to submit its register of members in Kano and Abia constituted a blatant violation of section 77(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022. Consequently, the primary elections conducted by the party were deemed invalid, null and void.

The judge further stated that the flawed primary elections could not have produced qualified candidates for the general elections held on February 25 and March 18, 2023, in Kano and Abia states, respectively.

Therefore, the court concluded that all votes cast for LP candidates in Kano and Abia during the 2023 general elections were rendered invalid and wasted

Just two days prior to this court ruling, the Labour Party had raised concerns about a faction within the party attempting to challenge its victory in the 2023 elections.

 

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