By Inejo Williams
Metronews247- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has named Ahmad Lawan, the president of the senate, as its candidate for the Yobe North senatorial seat in the 2023 elections.
While Lawan was running for the APC presidential nomination, Bashir Machina, who had won the district’s APC primary, refused to resign. He was introduced by APC national chairman Abdullahi Adamu as the party’s consensus nominee just before the primary got underway.
Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, won the party’s nomination at the primary that ended on June 8 after the consensus decision was rejected by a number of party stakeholders, including members of the national working committee (NWC).
Since he won the delegates’ support in an uncontested election for the Senate, Machina had claimed that he would not drop out of the campaign.
“I’m certain he had no intention of returning to the National Assembly. He ran for president but lost because of this. That is democracy. It’s a free area. People have a set amount of time to decide whether to contest. Elections were finally conducted after timetables were established and party platforms developed. Lawan was identified as the party’s candidate for Yobe North on the signed list of candidates obtained by TheCable yesterday.
The former deputy inspector general of police, Mr. Udom EKpoudom (rtd. ), vowed not to give up the APC senatorial ticket he won on May 27, 2022 to Akpabio or anyone, despite the pressure put on him. However, Akpabio was also reported to have made the list for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial district. Mr. Stephen Ntuekpo, the party’s state chairman, said that he had received instructions to hold a new primary on June 8, 2022, alleging security violations during the district’s APC primary on May 27, 2022. Akpabio received 478 votes out of the 512 authorized delegates in the last primary, making him the victor.
Bashir Machina, the APC candidate for the Yobe North senatorial seat, has threatened to file a lawsuit over claims that his name was substituted for that of Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president, on the list submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday.
Lawan was recognized by INEC as the APC’s candidate for the Yobe North senatorial district after the ruling party uploaded his name to the commission’s server along with that of other senatorial candidates from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Lawan did not take part in the party’s primary despite running for president of the party and losing to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
However, the APC has written to INEC to let it know that its choice for the Yobe North senatorial seat is the Senate president.
Machina, who ran in the district primary and won, was incensed by the revelation and promised Friday night to file a lawsuit to stop the attempt to steal his mandate.
In a press conference with media yesterday in Abuja, Machina pleaded with the APC to remove the absence of his name, stating that if it persists, he will have no choice but to seek legal action.
Machina vowed not to give up on his mission, saying, “My name was found to be misrepresented on the list that was provided to INEC. My name was not on the list of names that was allegedly sent to INEC today; I’m not sure if it was accurate or not. For the avoidance of doubt, I continue to be the legitimately chosen senatorial candidate for the APC’s Yobe North zone C.
I am the elected candidate; I didn’t resign on anyone’s behalf, and I won’t withdraw either, since the delegates of our great party gave me the authority to do so. Therefore, I believe that secretly erasing my name is terribly undemocratic, against the law, and obviously cruel. Insha Allah, I’ll take action. I’ll start by reminding and pleading with my party that if this action is actually taken, it should be rectified, especially if it was taken incorrectly. We truly want the National Working Committee of our party, which is being skillfully led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman, to take action because there is an error that has to be fixed.
“I am still running, and I will be. I hope the appropriate steps will be taken by our leadership. We’ll put in a lot of effort to use and investigate every available channel in accordance with our policy. If the opposite were to occur, I would be forced to take judicial (legal) action since I am a Nigerian citizen and a law-abiding citizen, and our nation’s constitution is the supreme law over all aspects of our life as Nigerians. I want to let Nigerians know that something unusual and unlawful is going to happen that is anti-democratic using this media. This party is democratic. The people’s will is always paramount, and the best method for the people to express their desire is through voting, as they did when they chose to elect me. This is the smallest hurdle I will encounter to uphold the faith the voters in my senatorial district have placed in me.