Yobe APC vows to appeal Machina’s court victory

The Yobe chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to appeal the Federal High Court’s judgement, which declared Bashir Machina as its senatorial candidate for Yobe North.

The party said it will appeal the judgement despite the decision of Senate President Ahmad Lawan to accept the pronouncement.

Yobe APC chairman Mohammed Gadaka said the judgement was not acceptable to the party.

Gadaka, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Lawan remains the candidate of the party for the election.

The statement reads: “We are aware of the Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the ruling of the Federal High Court in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, concerning the forthcoming Yobe North Senatorial District election.

“However, we respectfully reject the decision of the President of the Senate, His Excellency Senator Ahmad Lawan, accepting the judgment of the court which disqualified his candidature and participation in the election.

“In exercise of our legal rights, the Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to appeal the Federal High Court ruling in the interest of Yobe State, Nigeria and good governance. We must protect and sustain Senator Ahmed Lawan’s twenty-three years exemplary sojourn as a lawmaker and his impeccable record of leadership and patriotism – and commitment to making Nigeria work.”

Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu of the Federal High Court, Damaturu, Yobe State on Wednesday declared Machina as APC senatorial candidate for Yobe North.

The judge also ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary election.

The judge dismissed the primary election where the Senate President emerged as the senatorial candidate as a “phantom.”

Lawan, who participated in the presidential primary of the APC and lost to Asiwaju Nola Ahmed Tinubu, went for the ticket of his senatorial district, a move challenged by Machina who asserted that he duly participated in the primaries and won the ticket.

Reacting to the court judgment in a statement on Thursday, the Senate President said he would not appeal the decision and accepted Machina as the rightful candidate.

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