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Friday, 19 May 2023 17:52

Guber election: I didn’t nullify Abia Governor-elect, Otti victory – Kano judge

A Federal High Court in Kano state says media reports that it nullified the candidature of the Abia state Governor-elect, Dr Alex Otti, who contested the election on the platform of the Labour Party, LP, are misleading.

The court, however, said it annuled the election of all the Kano LP candidates that contested the 2023 general election.

Recall that Ibrahim Haruna-Ibrahim had filed an application asking the court to withdraw 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 divergent reactions that greeted 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.

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