Court nullifies Ebonyi LG election over unlawful procedure

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki Thursday nullified the local government elections held on July 30, 2022 in Ebonyi state.

The court sitting presided over by Justice Fatun Riman in a suit No:FHC/AI/CS/151/2022 nullified the election for its unlawful processes.

The plaintiff included Otu Collins Eleri, Nelson Eze, Akaa Ikechukwu, Micheal Ali and Isu Amaechi. The trio had dragged the electoral umpire EBSIEC, INEC and the state government to court for not allowing all aspirants a level playing ground during the election.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the court processes, the counsel to IPAC, Mudi Ehrenede, stated that the state government denied his clients the privilege of having the law in which the elections was conducted.

He said:”It is undemocratic and unlawful to conduct an election into the local government areas or council without availing the plaintiffs with the exact law that is meant to regulate the exercise.

“There are a lot of other issues with not compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.

“The Electoral Act 2022 said the procedures for conducting elections into the local government areas by state commissioners must comply with that procedure for conducting elections into area councils in the FCT.

“If you look at it, how do you access compliance without law if you hide the law with which you want to conduct the election? Is it not when you make the law public that we will know whether you complied with it or not? How can you be making laws and hiding them?

“My position now that my clients demanded to be availed of this law,” he said.

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