Breaking News: Supreme Court declares Senate President, Lawan authentic candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District

The Supreme Court, on Monday declared Senator Ahmed Lawan, as the All Progressives Congress (APC), senatorial candidate for Yobe north.

The APC had approached the court challenging the nomination of Bashir Machina as the party’s candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

The party insisted that Ahmad Lawan, who is Nigeria’s current Senate President, was the authentic Senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the scheduled February 25, general elections.

At the last hearing of the appeal, the counsel for the party, Sepiribo Peters, argued that the primary election held on 28 May last year which produced Machina was in breach of the Electoral Act 2022.

Peters contended that one Danjuma Manga, who conducted the said primary election was not nominated by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

He told the court that the APC cancelled the primary poll on account of the irregularities observed during the exercise.

He argued that the other primary held on June 9, was conducted by the APC NWC, and produced Lawan as the party’s authentic candidate.

However, Machina’s lawyer, Sarafa Yusuf prayed the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit on the ground that the Senate President did not challenge the suits at both the trial and lower courts.

He also pointed that Manga who conducted the primary election where Machina emerged, was a member of the NWC-appointed Committee to carryout the exercise.

The APC had approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja seeking to nullify the judgment of lower court that declared Machina as APC’s candidate for Yobe North, but the President of the Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem led the panel held that the appeal was an abuse of court process.

However, In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the the Supreme Court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

The apex Court declared Lawan as the authentic candidate of the APC for Yobe North Senatorial District.

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