2023 Elections: Bashir Machina In, Ahmed Lawan Out

Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, has ordered the APC to forward the name of Bashir Machina to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the authentic winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Yobe North Senatorial District primary election.

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Justice Fadima on Wednesday declared Bashir Machina as APC’s candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District

Mr. Machina had approached the Federal High Court in Damaturu seeking an order of the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish his name as the winner of the May 28 APC senatorial primary election for Yobe North.

With this judgment, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has lost his bid to clinch the ticket and go back to the red chamber next year.

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Lawan had participated in APC presidential primaries only to lose the ticket to Tinubu. He thereafter, went for the ticket of his senatorial district, a move which created controversy between him and Machina who asserted that he duly participated in the primaries and won the ticket.

Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu ordered the INEC include and publish the name of Machina as the authentic winner of the primary election.

The judge, further, described the primary election where the Senate President emerged as the senatorial candidate as a “phantom.”

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