A Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu on Monday reserved judgment in a case filed by Bashir Shariff Machina on Yobe North APC senatorial primary election, against President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and two others.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Fadimatu Aminu reserved judgement on the pre-election case, saying a judgement date will be communicated to the parties involved in the suit.
The court arrived at the decision after listening to the arguments of both the defendants’ counsels and the plaintiff’s counsel.
In an interview with newsmen shortly after the adjournment of the case, Counsel to Ahmad Lawan, Ahmed Raji, (SAN) prayed the court to strike out the case because it was filed out of time.
“Our objection is to the fact that the matter is statute-barred because it was not filled within 14 days stipulated by the constitution”, he said.
Similarly, explaining his position, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), Counsel to Bashir Machina said his client is just requesting the court to compel INEC and APC to comply with the provision of the Electoral Act by declaring his client as the authentic winner of the May 28, 2022 election.
“If I don’t have a good case, I don’t come to court and I believe this is another good case that I have and I am confident that the judgement will be in my favour”, he said.
Recall that, Machina instituted a case against APC and INEC praying the court to compel the Independent Electoral Commission to uphold him as the authentic winner of the party’s primary elections conducted on the 28th of May 2022.