Senate President Lawan Gives In To Fate, Leaves Senatorial Ticket For Machina

Senate President Lawan Gives In To Fate, Leaves Senatorial Ticket For Machina


Boluwatife Adedokun

The President of the Nigerian Senate and Senator representing Yobe senatorial district, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has given in to fate not to appeal the court order which disqualified him from participating in the forthcoming election.

In a statement released via his Twitter handle on Thursday, Lawan said he decided not to appeal against the judgement after due consultations with his political supporters, associates and well-wishers.

Lawan appreciated his supporters for always being with him, and also thanked His Excellency, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam for his leadership support in Yobe APC.

The statement reads in part, “Yesterday, Wednesday, 28th September 2022, the Federal High Court in Damaturu delivered judgement on the rightful candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District for the 2023 National Assembly elections.

“The said judgement disqualifies my candidature and therefore my participation in the elections.

“After due consultations with my political associates, supporters and well-wishers, I have decided not to appeal against the judgement. I accept the judgement.

“At this juncture, I deem it appropriate to thank His Excellency, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam for the leadership role in the APC political family in Yobe State. I also thank His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni for the support and brotherhood.

“To my constituents, I thank you all for your unflinching support, loyalty and unreserved commitment to the course of building our people and Yobe North Senatorial District and indeed Yobe State.”

He continued “I want to assure you that I will continue to serve you in my personal and any other capacity at all times.

“We journeyed together for a long time, and this journey will remain a lifelong journey. It has been a wonderful relationship and it can only get stronger. I am indebted to you all. Alhamdulillah.”

Recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State Capital declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress, APC’s authentic senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the coming 2023 National Assembly elections and ordered INEC to accept and publish his name.

Lawan had contested for the APC Presidential primary and lost, and he had been dragging with Machina to retain the senatorial candidacy of the zone which resulted in the case going to court.

However, in the court verdict on Wednesday, the judge approved Machina as the right candidate to hold the position.


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