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Lawan Accepts Court Decision Recognising Machina As Yobe North Candidate

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says he has accepted Wednesday’s decision of the Federal High Court, Damaturu, in Yobe State, which disqualified his candidature and participation in the 2023 Yobe North senatorial district election.

On Wednesday, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Bashir Machina as the authentic candidate for the senatorial district.

Lawan, who was first elected into the lowest chamber of the National Assembly in 1999, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying he will not appeal the decision.

The statement titled: “Court Judgement on Yobe North Senatorial District Candidacy” reads, “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. 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 life long journey. It has been a wonderful relationship and it can only get stronger. I am indebted to you all. Alhamdulillah.”

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