Yobe North: Court dismisses Jinjiri’s suit against Machina, two others

Abubakar Jinjiri, a former Yobe North senatorial aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday withdrew the suit he filed against the senatorial candidate, Bashir Sheriff Machina, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, over his senatorial ambition.

Jinjiri, through his counsel, Barrister Usman Lukman Nuhu, told Justice Fadima Aminu of the Federal High Court, Damaturu, that a notice of discontinuance had been filed and served on the defendants in the matter.

The development occurred shortly after the matter was called.

Nuhu said he had Jinjiri’s instruction to withdraw the suit and prayed the court to discontinue the case and make an order striking it out.

Machina’s Counsel, Barrister Mohammed Ngumurumi, who held the brief of Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), however, prayed the court to dismiss the case instead of striking it out. Other defendants also did not oppose the plaintiff’s withdrawal notice.

In her ruling, Justice Fadima Aminu held that Jinjiri had the right to file the notice of withdrawal.

She said the notice of discontinuance was valid and accordingly dismissed the case as prayed by Machina’s counsel

Jinjiri had, on the 17th of June, approached the Federal High Court, Damaturu, with a pre-election petition challenging the candidacy of Bashir Machina, who emerged winner at the May 28th APC senatorial primary election of Yobe North.

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