The Supreme Court has declared Ahmed Lawan as the All Progressives Congress senatorial candidate for Yobe north.
Lawan has been embroiled in a tussle with Bashir Machina who was declared the candidate of the constituency during the party’s primary.
In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature
The APC had approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja seeking to nullify the judgment of a 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 to hold that the appeal was an abuse of court process.
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 9 June was conducted by the APC NWC, and produced Lawan as the party’s authentic candidate.