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Court denies Lawan, declares Machina’s APC senatorial candidate

Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu has ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Bashir Machina as Yobe North senatorial candidate of the party.

The presiding judge, Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu, nullified the parallel primary election that produced the Senate President, Ahmad 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 comes weeks after Machina distanced himself from notice of withdrawal from the race which has since gone viral.

INEC had also 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.

Lawan, Akpabio, and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, had chosen to pick Senate tickets for Yobe North, Ebonyi South and Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial Districts respectively, after losing out at the presidential primaries of the APC.

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