Court Throws Ahmed Lawan Out Of 2023 Senatorial Race In Yobe North
A federal high court in Damaturu, Yobe State, has declared Bashir Machina as the All Progressives Congress, APC senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the 2023 National Assembly election.
The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Bashir Machina as the senatorial candidate for Yobe north and publish his name accordingly.
The declaration was made by the presiding judge, Justice Fadima Aminu.
There has been controversy over the APC Yobe north senatorial ticket Machina, at a primary election organised by the party in May, had won unopposed
But Ahmed Lawan, senate president, was said to have participated in another primary election organised by the APC after he contested the party’s presidential ticket and lost in June.
Machina was reportedly asked to step down for Lawan but, he insisted that he would not withdraw for the senate president.
Amid the controversy, the APC had submitted the senate president’s name as its senatorial candidate for Yobe north.
INEC, however, had said the APC currently has no senatorial candidate for Yobe north.
Aggrieved, Machina instituted a suit asking the court to declare him as the authentic senatorial candidate of the APC for the 2023 election.
In the judgment delivered on Wednesday, by Fadimatu Aminu, she described the primary election where Lawan emerged as the candidate as a “phantom”.
Consequently, she ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary, which was held on May 28.