- Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, said he has accepted the decision of the federal high court that disqualified him from contesting in the 2023 national assembly elections
- The court on Wednesday ordered the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Bashir Machina as the qualified candidate for Yobe North senatorial district
- Lawan had contested in the APC presidential primary, where he lost to Bola Tinubu, but two primaries were conducted in the district where INEC had insisted it only participated in one despite APC's claim
FCT, Abuja - Ahmed Lawan, the senate president, has reacted to the judgement of the federal high court in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, that disqualified him as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Yobe North senatorial district.
The senate president said he accepted the court's decision in a state and would not be appealing the judgment, The Punch reported.
Lawan made this known in a statement signed and released on Thursday, September 29.
Will Lawan be contesting in the 2023 election?
He tells his supporters that the judgement delivered by the federal high court decided on the rightful candidate of the senatorial district for the 2023 national assembly elections
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His statement reads in part:
“The said judgement disqualifies my candidature and, therefore my participation in the elections.
“After due consultations with my political associates, supporters and well-wishers, I have decided not to appeal against the judgement. I accept the judgement.”
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Legit.ng earlier reported that a federal high court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, has ordered the APC and INEC to recognise Bashir Machina as the APC senatorial candidate for Yobe North.
The court also ordered the ruling party to immediately forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the party's primary for the district.
Justice Fadima described the election that produced the senate president, Ahmed Lawan, as the party's candidate for the district as a phantom.
Lawan's 24 years of political dominance faces big threat as INEC locks door against APC
Senate President Ahmed Lawan has failed to make up INEC's final list of the senatorial candidates from Yobe state.
Lawan and Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom has been in the same shoe after contesting for the APC presidential ticket, where Bola Tinubu emerged as the winner.
The Yobe-born senator has been in the house of assembly since 1999, and his failure to secure the ticket in court would mark the end of over 2 decades of legislative relevance.