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By Ndahi Marama,  Damaturu 

The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe state capital has adjourned the case between Hon.  Bashir Machina and Senate President Ahmed Lawan to 12th September, 2022.

The Defendants Sen. Lawan and the All Progressive Congress had filed a preliminary objections challenging the jurisdiction of the court on the matter.

The  Presiding Judge, Fadimatu Murtala Aminu  defers the  ruling on the matter after both counsels requested for time to submit their responses both on the originating surmons and the preliminary objections by  the claimants.

Speaking with journalists yesteday after the court hearing, counsel to Machina, Ibrahim Bawa, SAN said: “We are here before Federal High Court Damaturu in respect of a case filed by one, Shariff Machina against the APC and Ahmad Lawan for Yobe North Senatorial election.

“The matter came up today, the Defendants have not filed their processes, except, they have filed notices of preliminary objections. we were served with the notices this morning. 

“The Court has giving them time to file their counter affidavits to the originating process. So, the matter couldn’t go on because they are not yet ready.  

“As soon as they file their responses, we are expected to file ours as well. The matter is therefore adjourned to 12th September, 2022 on which, all the processes and responses would have been in and the matter will go on for hearing by the grace of God”, Bawa said.

On the substantive matter before the court, Mr. Bawa informed that his client Bashir Machina is asking the court to stop APC and INEC from sending the name of Sen. Lawan who did not participate in the primary elections.

“We are asking the court in our originating surmons to declared that, the APC cannot send the name of Ahmad Lawan who didn’t participate in the primary election of the APC for Yobe North Senatorial District. The court should direct the APC to send the name of the plaintiff,  my client Machina  and INEC to be directed to accept and fill him as a candidate of part for Yobe North Senatorial District,” Mr. Bawa explained.

The lawyers of Sen. Ahmed Lawan declined to speak to journalists when contacted.

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