Yobe North: Appeal Court confirms Bashir Sheriff as APC candidate

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has confirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

In its ruling on Monday, the court upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State, which had declared that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the National Assembly.

The court had noted that Lawan did not participate in the legally recognised primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held on May 28.

While delivering judgment on the appeal filed by the Lawan, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem held that the primary election conducted by the party on June 9 is invalid as it was in breach of the constitution.

According to the court, “The law is settled as to the involvement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in party primaries, which is to monitor the primaries of June 9 but they were not monitored by the electoral umpire.”

“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.”

“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 cost.”