Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Thursday, annulled the local government election conducted in the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
The council polls were conducted on July 30, 2022 by the EbonyiState Independent National Electoral Commission.
But Presiding Judge Fatun Riman in suit No. FHC/AI/CS/151/2022 ruled that the conduct of the Ebonyi LGA elections was undemocratic and unlawful.
The judge therefore declared it null and void.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mudi Erhenedi, while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki, commended the Federal High Court for upholding justice in Ebonyi State.
The lawyer 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 non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022. The Electoral Act 2022 said the procedures for conducting elections in the local government areas by state commissioners must comply with that procedure for conducting 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 is that my clients demanded to be availed of this law, we came under the freedom of information act it intending the procedure to conduct elections, we wrote to EBSIEC, we wrote the House of Assembly, we wrote to INEC whose responsibilities all of these bodies refused to provide us with the law.”
All efforts to reach the government lawyer, Roy Nweze, for his response to the ruling of the court failed as of the time of filing this report.
Nweze did not pick his calls.