Dr. Alex Otti, who is set to become the Governor of Abia State, has urged the people of Abia to stay calm and not be alarmed by a recent ruling from a Federal High Court in Kano, which dismissed his candidacy.
News About Nigeria reports that Otti assured the public that they should not be concerned about this ruling as it is an unfair decision that cannot undermine the will of the people.
During a speech in Abia, Otti reiterated that his inauguration, scheduled for May 29, is still on track and the preparations are proceeding smoothly.
He emphasized that the enemies of democracy cannot hinder the desires of the people of Abia.
In the meantime, the Labour Party has disregarded the court ruling, considering it a futile attempt with no significant impact.
The party is confident that the ruling will not affect their political aspirations.
To recall the details of the case, it was brought forward by Mr Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim with the suit number FHC/KN/CS/107/2023, targeting the Labour Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Federal High Court in Kano cancelled the candidature of Dr. Alex Otti and all Labour Party candidates in Abia and Kano states.
The court’s decision was based on the argument that the emergence of these candidates did not comply with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.
According to the judgment, the failure of the Labour Party to submit its membership register to INEC within the required 30-day period before the primaries rendered the entire process invalid.
The ruling has sparked concerns among the supporters of Dr. Alex Otti and the Labour Party.
However, Otti has remained resolute and urged the people to maintain faith in the democratic process. He believes that the ruling does not reflect the true intentions and desires of the people of Abia.
It is important to note that this ruling does not have the final say on the matter.
The Labour Party intends to appeal the decision and seek justice through the appropriate legal channels.
They are determined to ensure that the voices of the Abia populace are heard and respected.