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The Special Adviser to Abia Governor-elect Alex Otti on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma has written off the ruling of the Federal High Court in Kano State, which nullified the candidature of Otti and other Labour Party candidates.
Ekeoma asserted that this in Umuahia while addressing the press at Alex Otti’s campaign office, where he described the ruling as baseless, kangaroo, unfounded, and misleading.
He explained that the Kano court specifically stated in Clause 9 of the judgement that ‘the candidates that participated in the election in Abia State are not parties to the suit before the court, and as such, the court lacks the jurisdiction to make an order for the issuance of Certificate of Return to them.’
He maintained that the case brought by the petitioners before Kano Federal Court was a pre-election matter under Section 285 (14) (a) Electoral Act.
He advised the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and her supporters to cease their ongoing celebration over the judgement, maintaining that the election of Alex Otti remained intact even as he assured Labour Party supporters and well-meaning Abians that nothing would stop the swearing-in of Otti on May 29.
The news about Otti ‘s candidacy caused anxiety among Labour Party supporters in Abia State, while it also elicited joy and hope in the camps of PDP members.
Meanwhile, Justice Yunusa has refuted media reports that he nullified the nomination of Otti and other candidates of the Labour Party, who participated in the 2023 general elections in Abia State.
Earlier, reports said the court, Presided over by Justice Yunusa, had nullified the Candidacy of the Abia State Governor-elect, Otti, and other LP Candidates, who participated in the 2023 elections in Abia and Kano States.
Making clarification on the ruling on Friday, Justice Yunusa said Otti and other candidates in Abia were not parties before his court.