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JUST IN: Lawan’s political future in jeopardy as Court sacks Senate President as Yobe North APC candidate

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Hopes of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan to return to the Senate after the 2023 elections may have been dashed, as a court on Wednesday declared that he is not the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North.

After upholding the party’s May 28, 2022 primary election, a Federal High Court in Damaturu directed the APC to submit Bashir Shariff Machina’s name as the legitimate candidate for the Yobe North Senatorial District.

In a decision issued in Damaturu on Wednesday, Justice Fadimatu Murtala also ruled that the parallel primary election held on June 9, 2022, which produced Lawan as winner, was invalid.

Read also:Lawan’s senatorial return in limbo as INEC insists APC has no candidate for Yobe North

She ruled that the ”phantom June 9 primary election” that produced Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, as the winner and candidate, was a “nullity” because INEC did not monitor the election.

Aminu also discountenanced the claim that the case was statue bar, saying the cause of action arose on June 17, not May 28.

According to the judge, Machina, the plaintiff, approached the court when he discovered that the first defendant, APC, had forwarded Lawan’s name to INEC as its candidate.

She, therefore, said the constitutional requirement of filing the case not later than 14 days from the election was not applicable.

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