- The APC leadership has submitted its list of senatorial candidates to the INEC with the name of Bashir Sherrif Machina missing
- Instead, the ruling party enlisted Senate President Ahmad Lawan who did not take part in the last Yobe North senatorial primary
- This strange act by the APC has been described by many as a sort of power-play which does speak well of its reputation
Investigations from TheCable have it that Senate President Ahmad Lawan's name has been enlisted among senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The decision of the APC came after Bashir Sherrif Machina, the candidate for Yobe North Senatorial district repeatedly refused to step down for Lawan who lost the ticket by contesting for the presidency at the primary.
The newspaper noted that in a list of APC senatorial candidates made available to it, Lawan's name was seen.
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Machina had reacted to the removal of his name from the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s list of candidates in the red chamber.
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He described the enlisting of Senate President Ahmad Lawan's name as the candidate for the position as illegal.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Machina who was regarded as a placeholder for Lawan insisted that he is still the candidate, not Lawan.
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“I remain the candidate of the APC Yobe North senatorial zone as duly elected. I did not withdraw for anybody and I will not withdraw because as a matter of fact it is a mandate given to me by members of our great party, the delegates. So surreptitiously removing my name, I consider (it) as very undemocratic, illegal and of course inhuman."
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Machina had reiterated his stance that he will not step down his mandate for Lawan.
Restating his claim to the senatorial ticket of the party, Machina wrote a letter addressed to the national chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu denying speculations that he has stepped down his mandate.