The All Progressives Congress (APC) has allegedly decided to appeal the Federal High Court ruling recognising Bashir Machina as the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in the 2023 elections.
Recall, a Federal High Court in Damaturu on September 28, 2022, recognised Bashir Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
The court ordered the APC to transmit Mr Machina’s name to the electoral body, INEC, as the candidate.
The Yobe North senatorial ticket sparked controversy after Machina, who won the primary, made it clear he would not step down for Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
Lawan had contested for the APC presidential ticket in May, but lost to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Also, no records of Lawan’s participation in the APC senatorial primaries were presented by the APC, although the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, disclosed that the aspirant took part in the elections.
However, Lawan, who currently represents Yobe north district, was eventually listed as the APC senatorial candidate for the 2023 general election, leaving Machina who actually won the elections out of the picture.
The APC chairman had urged Machina to step down for Lawan, but he refused.
However, Lawan had in a statement issued Thursday said he had accepted the judgment and decided against appealing the decision after due consultations with his political associates, supporters and well-wishers.
But less than 24 hours after Lawan said he won’t appeal the judgement, APC Chairman in Yobe State, Mr. Mohammed Gadaka said the party would appeal the judgement.
In a statement issued on Friday, Gadaka insisted that Lawan was the bonafide APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District election, as recognised by the Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.
He said: “We are aware of the Wednesday, September 28, 2022, ruling of the Federal High Court in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, with respect to 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.”
Gadaka said the party had a duty to protect and sustain Lawan’s 23 years of exemplary sojourn as a lawmaker and his impeccable record of leadership and patriotism and commitment to making Nigeria work.