The re-election bid of Ahmad Lawan seems to be over as Bashir Machina has been validated as the legitimate All Progressives Congress candidate for the Yobe North Senatorial District by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State, affirmed its decision on Monday, November 28, 2022; ruling that Senate President Lawan was not the APC candidate for the Yobe North Senatorial District in the 2023 elections.
Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen, who presided over a three-man panel, gave the affirmation in an appeal by Lawan; challenging the decision of Justice Fadimatu Aminu of the Federal High Court Damaturu, which had on September 28, 2022; declared Machina as the winner of the primary election organised by the APC in May 2022; while Lawan opted to contest the presidential primary election organised by the APC on June 9, 2022.
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 9th June were not monitored by the electoral commission.
The APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and its preferred candidate Ahmed Lawan; but failed to make him a co-appellant. Mr 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.
Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said the crisis rocking the opposition party would soon be over.
Specifically, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his allies have been at loggerheads with PDP leadership; ever since the conduct of the party’s presidential primaries months ago.
The G5 governors now known as the Integrity Group are demanding the resignation of the PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; with his successor to be from the Southern region, among other things.
Speaking to reporters in Lagos on Saturday, November 26, 2022; Atiku disclosed that dialogue with PDP G5 governors and some other aggrieved stalwarts was in progress.
The former Vice President said he was very optimistic that the aggrieved governors would work for his success in 2023.
The PDP presidential candidate said these after his roundtable discussion with Nigeria’s creative cultural and innovative experts.