Judge Denies Nullifying Abia Gubernatorial Election

Abia State Governor, Alex Otti

A Federal High Court has denied nullifying the win of Abia Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti, who ran under the platform of the Labour Party, LP.The court, however, said it nullified the election of the Kano LP candidates that contested the 2023 general election.Recall that Ibrahim Haruna-Ibrahim had filed an application asking the court to revoke and set aside the certificate of return issued to all LP candidates declared winners in Kano and the 35 states of the Federation, including the FCT, Abuja.However, following the mixed reactions that have trailed the judgement, Justice Nasir-Yunusa affirmed that the candidates in Abia who took part in the just-concluded general elections were not parties in the suit.Nasir-Yunusa said the court declared only the primary election of the Labour Party in Kano State null and void.“This court lacks jurisdiction to make an order for the issuance of certificate of return.“They are at liberty to seek redress in the appropriate division of the court,” he said.