The Supreme Court set date for the decision in the protracted legal dispute over the legitimacy of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s senatorial candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the current Senate President, and a man named Bashir Sheriff Machina are involved in a legal dispute over the senatorial candidacy.
After hearing from the attorneys for Bashir Sheriff Machina and the All Progressives Congress APC, the Apex Court set the judgment date for February 6.
The date was set by Justice Centus Chima Nweze, who presided over a five-judge panel of the Court.
The APC appealed the rulings of the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal that named Bashir Sheriff Machina as the party’s candidate for senate against Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.
The APC argued in its arguments presented by Sepiribo Cromwell Peters that the primary election held on May 27, 2022, which produced Bashir Sheriff Machina, was illegal because it was carried out by unlicensed individuals.
He asserted that the primary election that produced Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on June 6 was the real primary election for the party.
However, Mr. Sarafa Yusuff, Bashir Sheriff Machina’s attorney, asked the Apex Court to reject the APC’s appeal because it was baseless and frivolous.
He revealed to the Supreme Court that the primary election was managed by the APC’s National Working Committee on behalf of the Danjuma Manga Committee, which was established by the party.
Yusuff drew the court’s attention to an affidavit filed by Danjuma Manga, who claimed that the APC National Secretariat had appointed him and five other people to oversee the senatorial primary elections in Yobe State.
The attorney argued that the APC had not yet refuted or denied the affidavit of the aforementioned Danjuma Manga and urged the court to recognize Bashir Sheriff Machina as the legitimate APC candidate for the Yobe North Senatorial District.
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