Breaking: Supreme Court Gives Yobe North APC Senatorial Ticket to Lawan


Alex Enumah in Abuja

In a split judgment of three to two justices, the Supreme Court on Monday declared Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 25 Senatorial election for Yobe North Senatorial District.

The majority decision delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, made the declaration after setting aside both the decisions of the Court of Appeal and trial court which earlier affirmed Bashir Machina as candidate.

According to Nweze, the lower courts lacked the necessary jurisdiction to hear the suits because it was commenced by originating summons, adding that the dispute in the case was one that cannot be resolved without oral evidence, especially in proving allegations of fraud.

But in their dissenting decision, Justices Emmanuel Agim and Adamu Jauro, upheld the concurrent judgment of the lower courts which dismissed the case of the APC.

They held that the lower courts were rights in declaring Machina as rightful…

Source: Thisday Newspaper