Yobe: APC submits Lawan’s name to INEC despite issuing Machina Certificate of Return
Ahmad Lawan, president of the senate, has been listed as the candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe north senatorial district for the 2023 elections.
The development comes hours after Bashir Machina, who won the APC primary for the district, insisted that he would not step down for the senate president.
Lawan had contested the APC presidential ticket, and hours before the primary commenced, he was announced by Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman, as the consensus candidate of the party.
However, the consensus decision was rejected by several party stakeholders — including members of the national working committee (NWC) — and Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor, went on to win the party’s ticket at the primary which was concluded on June 8.
Speaking on Wednesday in an interview with Channels Television, Machina had insisted that he will not withdraw from the senatorial race since he got the votes of delegates in an unopposed election.
Ahmed Lawan’s name was shared by the INEC on Friday evening an hour after the Commission’s portal shutdown automatically.
In a picture shared on Facebook handle, the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Tabiowo Ezrel, posted Lawan’s name alongside two others as candidates for the senatorial zones in the state.
Lawan’s name was uploaded on INEC’s server by the ruling party alongside other senatorial candidates across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.
Although Machina has not reacted to the development.