Again! Senate President, Lawan, Loses Re-Election Bid As A’Court Affirms Machina As Yobe North APC Candidate

By Damilare Adeleye

The Court of Appeal siting in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Machina as the Yobe North senatorial candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 poll.

The court ruling is not favourable to the embattled Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who is seeking re-election in 2023.

The appellate court, in a judgement that was delivered on Monday by a three-man panel that was led by the President of the Court, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen, dismissed Lawan’s appeal as lacking in merit.

Lawan had approached the appeal court to challenge the judgement of a Federal High Court in Damaturu, which had on September 28, 2022, declared Machina as the bonafide flag-bearer of the APC for the impending senatorial election.

Recall that while the Senate President picked the presidential form of the APC and participated in the primary election that was won by Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu, on the other hand, Machina, vied and won his bid to take over as the candidate of the party for the senatorial contest.

Following his defeat at the presidential primary, Lawan, urged Machina to relinquish the senatorial ticket to him, a request the latter blatantly refused.