The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District, sealing the fate of Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to contest for the 2023 election in the state.
Aside from that, the court directed the APC to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent, Bashir Sheriff, to cover the cost incurred to secure his mandate cost.
After turning down his request, the court aligned itself with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, which held that Lawan was not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the National Assembly.
The court had submitted that Lawan did not participate in the legally recognised primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held in May 2022.
Delivering judgment on the appeal filed before it by the senate President, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the primary election conducted by the party on 9th June is invalid as it was in breach of the constitution.
The law is settled as to the involvement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in party primaries, which is to monitor, the primaries of 9th June were not monitored by the electoral commission.
The APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and its preferred candidate, Ahmed Lawan, but failed to make him a co-appellant.
Lawan appeared in the case as the 2nd respondent indicating that he and the APC were working at cross purposes while trying to achieve a goal.
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