The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North senatorial district.
The appellate court upheld the judgement of the Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe state, which had said Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President is not the Yobe North senatorial candidate of the APC for the 2023 National Assembly election.
The court in the ruling had submitted that Mr Lawan did not participate in the legally recognised primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held on 28th May 2022.
Delivering judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate on Monday in Abuja, a three-member panel of the court of appeal 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, according to Channels TV.
The law is clear 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.
In the appeal, the APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and it preferred candidate Ahmed Lawan but failed to make him a co-appellant.
Mr 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.
The appeal is unmeritorious as it fails in its entirety.
The appellant (APC) is to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent (Bashir Sheriff) as a cost.
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