That Nigerian fledging democracy is not yet out of the wood is an understatement, as the system is still characterised by lack of internal party democracy among the parties, voter’s aparthy, vote Buying and INEC shortfalls due to technical glitches.
That the senate president Ahmad Lawan could get the senatorial ticket ot the All Progressives Congress from a primary election that he did not participate in which has been contested and won by Bashir Machina whose name has been submitted to INEC before Lawan’s twist and turns tactics removed his name from the INEC list.
The name of the All Progressive Congress Yobe North senatorial candidate, Bashir Machina, has been replaced with that of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, as seen on the list of Yobe senatorial candidates sent from the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to the list obtained by Saturday PUNCH on Friday, the name of Machina was missing on the list submitted to the INEC.
The name on the list included Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam as the APC candidate for Yobe East, Senator Ahmed Lawan as the candidate for Yobe North, and Senator Mohammed Bomai for Yobe South.
The PUNCH had reported that Machina, the Yobe North Senatorial candidate had consistently said that he would not step down for Lawan and recently wrote the party’s chairman, Adamu Abdullahi, to reiterate his decision.
There have been online reports that Lawan who lost his presidential bid to Bola Tinubu was seeking a return ticket to the Senate and the duo have been battling for Machina’s senatorial ticket.
I’m still running’
Meanwhile, the Yobe North senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bashir Machina, has said that he hasn’t stepped down for anyone.
Machina stated that his name must have been illegally removed from the list of senatorial candidates in his state.
Machina who spoke to journalists at a press briefing on Friday night said he would seek redress from the National Working Committee of the party for such illegal and undemocratic move.
He said, “As you all know, I am the APC senatorial candidate of Yobe Senatorial District. I scored 289 votes from an election which was held free, fair, peaceful and harmoniously
“Going by the guidelines of the senatorial or National Assembly, primary elections for 2023 general election were held according to the Electoral Act. Ballots were cast transparently and openly. On the day of the primary elections as scheduled, I emerged the winner. We submitted the results to the national headquarters of my party, the APC
“Ironically, this evening, I heard from credible sources that my name was misrepresented. My name was removed from the list sent by the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission. I don’t know whether erroneously or deliberately so.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I remain the senatorial candidate of Yobe North senatorial district duly elected on the platform of the APC.
“I did not withdraw for anybody and will not withdraw because that is as a matter of right. Removing my name; I consider is very undemocratic, illegal and of course inhuman.”
Machina said he would check with the party and if true, he would seek redress in the court.
He added, “I will check; I will take measures first by reminding and appealing to my party. If this action is truly done erroneously, it should be corrected. And if it is deliberate, we are actually seeking for redress from the National Working Committee of our party under the leadership of Senator Abdullahi Adamu.”