Yobe North: Senate president loses again as Appeal Court confirms Machina as APC senatorial candidate

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President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan lost again as the Court of Appeal in Abuja confirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the true candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Yobe North Senatorial District.

For several months, Machina and Lawan, who represent Yobe North in the upper legislative chamber contested the ticket won by the former in the primary held on June 9, 2022.

The court, on Monday, upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State, which declared that the resident Senate, Ahmed Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election National Assembly.

Main exclusion: The court submitted that Mr. Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to choose its candidate for the election held on May 28, 2022.

Delivering the judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate, a 3-member panel of the appeals court led by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the primary election held by the party on June 9 was invalid. because it violates the constitution. .

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The APC made a case in the court of appeal for itself and its chosen candidate, Ahmed Lawan, but failed to make him a co-appellant.

Mr. Lawan appeared in the case as the 2nd respondent showing that he and the APC were working at cross purposes while trying to achieve one goal.

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The appeal court ordered the appellant (APC) to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent (Bashir Sheriff Machina) as costs.

For arrest: Recall that about 2 months ago, a Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu ordered the APC and INEC to recognize Bashir Machina as the party’s senatorial candidate.

Lawan fought in the ruling party’s presidential primary at the same time that the senatorial primary was won by Machina. The Senate president, however, lost to Bola Tinubu, a development that forced him to vie for the senatorial ticket but Machina insisted that he will not resign.

Machina had earlier distanced himself from the controversial notice to withdraw from the race, which he said came from him and went viral.

The ill-written letter, dated September 4 and addressed to the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said Machina had withdrawn and resigned from the party.

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