The Senate President’s political camp is gripped by palpable fear and worry as the Supreme Court prepares to give a make-or-break decision in his bid for the senatorial ticket of Yobe North Senatorial District.
The Supreme Court set Thursday, February 6, as the final date for a decision in the long-running legal struggle.
At the time of writing, a retinue of political sympathisers and followers, as well as All Progressives Congress, APC, officials in favor of the Senate President, had rushed the court, waiting for the verdict.
Aside from hundreds of lawmakers, our correspondent saw that many security officers had been dispatched to the court to preserve peace and order both before and after the major ruling.
Ahmad Lawan, who has been in the Senate since the democratic era began in 1999, is competing for the Yobe North senatorial ticket with Bashir Sheriff Machina.
Machina, a former member of the House of Representatives, is alleged to have defeated the Senate President in Federal High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.
At the time of writing, a five-judge panel of the Court, chaired by Justice Centus Chima Nweze, is set to pronounce the judgement.
The APC, which supports the Senate President as its senatorial candidate, filed an appeal against the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal rulings that named Bashir Sheriff Machina as the party’s candidate.
Sepiribo Cromwell Peters represents the APC in the court struggle, while Sarafa Yusuff represents Machina.