The judgement of the Damaturu Division of the Federal High Court, which removed President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan as the party’s nominee for the Yobe North Senatorial District, will be appealed, according to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Following the court’s verdict and Mr. Lawan’s choice not to appeal it, the party’s position was made public by Muhammed Gadaka, the party’s chairman for Yobe State, on Friday in Abuja.
Bashir Machina was declared the legitimate candidate to represent the APC in the 2023 election after the court, in a decision by Justice Fatima Murtala Aminu, decided in his favor on Wednesday, September 28.
The party promised to continue fighting, stating it would not accept the high court’s decision, despite Mr. Lawan’s position to obey the court’s order.
“We are aware of the Wednesday, September 28, 2022, ruling of the Federal High Court in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, concerning 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. We must protect and sustain Senator Ahmed Lawan’s twenty-three years’ exemplary sojourn as a lawmaker and his impeccable record of leadership and patriotism—and commitment to making Nigeria work,” the party said in a statement.
As the APC candidate for the 2023 election, Justice Aminu had earlier mandated that the party submit Mr. Machina’s name to INEC and that the Commission publish it.