Yobe North: Machina insists he’s APC Senate candidate, rejects replacement by Lawan


Bashir Machina, the senatorial candidate for Yobe North, says he is seeking redress after the All Progressives Congress (APC) substituted his name on the list of candidates sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Machina, who hoped that the substitution was an error, maintained that he is still the candidate for Yobe North senatorial district under the APC.

According to reports, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan’s name was put in place of Machina.

Lawan who reportedly had the backing of the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, when he contested for the party’s presidential ticket. After he lost out, he made surreptitious moves to replace Machina as the party’s representative for the senatorial district in next year’s National Assembly election.

He has, however, been met with stiff resistance as Machina vowed not to step down.

Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Machina explained that besides the Senate being a lifelong dream, he had contested in the primary and won with over 280 votes while Lawan on the other hand did not participate in the process.

He has since rejected the substitution of his name in the list sent to INEC.

“I don’t know whether it was erroneous, my name was not in the list of the names that was said to be presented today to INEC. For the avoidance of doubt, I remain the candidate duly elected of the APC Yobe North Zone C senatorial zone,” he said.

He maintained that he is the elected candidate. He also said he “did not withdraw for anybody and will not withdraw.”

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