Supreme court affirms Lawan as Yobe North Senatorial candidate
The Supreme Court has affirmed Ahmed Lawan as the authentic Candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in the Yobe North Senatorial District.
In the lead judgment delivered Monday, February 6, Justice Centus Nweze faulted the approach of Bashir Machina in commencing the suit at the Federal High Court Damaturu division by way of originating summons and without oral evidence to prove allegations of fraud.
?The bedrock of the suit shows that there were allegations of fraudulent practices against the appellants. That the 1st respondent accused the APC of fraudulently substituting his name with that of Lawan. Where there is an allegation of fraud it should not be commenced by an originating summons. There was a need to call witnesses to prove allegations of fraud.? Justice Nweze said
Recall that Machina won unopposed during the senatorial primary organized by the party in May 2022. However, Lawan who participated and lost at the APC Presidential candidate, was later asked to replace Machina. This resulted in a legal battle as Machina refused to step down for Lawan.