March 3, 2024

Court declares Machina Yobe North APC candidate

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The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu has declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as an authentic APC senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the forthcoming 2023 National Assembly elections.

It also ordered the National Electoral Commission to recognise Bashir Machina as Yobe North senatorial candidate of APC and publish his name accordingly.

The presiding judge, Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu, nullified the parallel primary election that produced the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on June 9, 2022.

The judge also ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary held in May.

The judgement was coming weeks after Machina distanced himself from notice of withdrawal from the race which has since gone viral.

Recall that INEC had denied recognising Lawan and Senator Godswill Akpabio as senatorial candidates of the APC respectively.

Both Lawan and Akpabio had contested the APC Presidential primaries. However, after losing, both of them were listed as senatorial candidates by the APC, but INEC refused to recognise them.

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