Dr Alex Otti, the incoming governor of Abia State, has advised Abians not to panic over his alleged dismissal by a Federal High Court in Kano, stating that there is no reason to worry about the kangaroo judgment.
Reacting to the statement, legal Activist, Mr Inibehe Effiong Esq. posted on Twitter “A case relating to election is either a pre-election matter or a post election matter (election petition).
If the case filed by Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim at the Federal High Court in Kano was/is a pre-election matter, it should have been filed within 14 days of the primaries. He said further, how can a court assume jurisdiction in a matter that is indisputably statute barred?
This is shocking. Also, no candidate was joined as a party in this suit. I have noted that Abia is specifically mentioned in the judgment. A court in Kano cannot nullify primaries outside Kano. The jurisdiction of the Federal High Court cannot be invoked this way. Nullifying primaries of candidates, and even declaring votes scored as wasted votes in this circumstance, goes against all established principles of law and fair hearing. The court lacked jurisdiction. He said”
Dr Otti, elected under the Labour Party’s platform, reiterated that his swearing-in on May 29, 2023, is in full gear as planned, declaring that the antics of the enemies of democracy cannot truncate the will of Abians.
The leadership of the Labour Party has dismissed the said judgment against Alex Otti as a waste of time and taxpayer money.