Senate President Ahmad Lawan has hailed the judgment declaring him All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in the 2023 senatorial election as victory for democracy.
Lawan stated this at the Senate Guest House in Maitama, Abuja, while fielding questions from journalists.
The Supreme Court had in a split judgment of three to two justices declared Lawan as the APC senatorial candidate for Yobe North.
The majority decision was delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, after setting aside both the decisions of the Court of Appeal and trial court which earlier affirmed Bashir Machina as the candidate.
Lawan commended the leadership of the APC for taking it upon itself to approach the Supreme Court after the judgment of the Appeal Court which recognised Bashir Machina as the APC candidate.
According to him, “What happened was democracy at work and the courts gave their various judgments and of course the Supreme Court gave the final judgment.
“I want to at this point commend the Supreme Court and of course the judiciary generally for making this kind of judgment to strengthen our democracy.
“This is because it is not only for politicians to work and strengthen democracy, it is all of us and all the institutions have their roles to play.”
He said as an individual, he didn’t go to the Supreme Court to seek redress but the APC did, as well as Yobe North people, Yobe State generally, and political associates and well-wishers across the country.
“Apart from that, there had been an appeal at the Supreme Court on this matter. So today, it is a victory for all of us involved. I am the symbol but the victory is for our party, the APC and for democracy,” he said.
Lawan also commended his colleagues and journalists for their support throughout the period of the trial.