All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed its plan to appeal Wednesday’s Federal High Court ruling recognising Bashir Machina as its candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in the 2023 elections.
Recall it was earlier reported that Nigerian Senate President Ahmad Lawan said he would not appeal the decision of the Court that affirmed Machina’s candidacy.
Machina was asked to step down for Lawan but he insisted that he would not withdraw for the Senate President.
Amid the controversy, the APC submitted the Senate President’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its senatorial candidate for Yobe North.
Aggrieved, Machina instituted a suit asking the court to declare him as the authentic senatorial candidate of the APC for the 2023 election.
But in the judgment delivered on Wednesday, Justice Fadimatu Aminu nullified the parallel primary election that produced Lawan on June 9, 2022.
The judge also ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary held in May.
Reacting in a statement, Machina described the judgement as a victory for justice, calling on all his supporters, and indeed the people of Yobe North, to remain peaceful, and not to react in the face of any provocation.
He further declared the judgement as “no victor, no vanquished” and called for an immediate reconciliation among the two groups that exist within the party in Yobe North.
However, Yobe State APC Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Gadaka said the party would appeal the judgement, less than 24 hours after Lawan said otherwise.