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Lawan Reacts To Court Ruling On Yobe North Senatorial Candidacy

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has reacted to the court declaration of Bashir Machina as the authentic senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Yobe North.

Recall that the court declared Machina as the authentic candidate against the Senate President who is seeking the same ticket under the ruling party.

The court presided over by Justice Fatima Murtala Aminu on Wednesday held that Machina duly won the APC primary held on 28th May 2022 for the position.

She, however ordered the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Machina as the candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

In a statement on Thursday, Lawan welcomed the court ruling which disqualified his candidature and participation in the senatorial primary election.

The Senate President said he would not appeal the judgment after due consultations with his family, political associates and supporters.

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He said, “Yesterday, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Federal High Court in Damaturu delivered judgment on the rightful candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District for the 2023 National Assembly elections.

“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.”

Lawan further appreciated the Yobe Governor, Governor Mai Mala Buni, and his constituency member for their support during the court process.

He added, “I deem it appropriate to thank His Excellency, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam for the leadership role in the APC political family in Yobe State. I also thank His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni for the support and brotherhood.

“To my constituents, I thank you all for your unflinching support, loyalty and unreserved commitment to the course of building our people and Yobe North Senatorial District and indeed Yobe State.

“I want to assure you that I will continue to serve you in my personal and any other capacity at all times.”

“We journeyed together for a long time, and this journey will remain a lifelong journey. It has been a wonderful relationship and it can only get stronger. I am indebted to you all. Alhamdulillah.”

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