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INEC confirms Machina, denies Lawan Yobe North senatorial seat



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has verified Bashir Sheriff Machina as the legitimate candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe Zone C Senatorial District.

INEC confirms Machina, denies Lawan Yobe North senatorial seat

confirms Machina, denies Lawan Yobe North senatorial seat

According to reports, has disassociated itself from the emergence of Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

Releasing a statement yesterday, said, “The position of the Electoral Umpire was contained in a legally admissible Certified True Copy (CTC) of report for the primary election dated yesterday,23rd June 2022.”

The Yobe North senatorial ticket sparked controversy after Machina, won the primary, made it clear he would not step down for Senate President.

Lawan had contested for the APC presidential ticket in May, but lost to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Also, no records of Lawan’s participation in the APC senatorial primaries were presented by the APC, although the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, disclosed that the aspirant took part in the elections.


However, Lawan, currently represents Yobe north district, was eventually listed as the APC senatorial candidate for the 2023 general election, leaving Machina who actually won the elections out of the picture.

The APC chairman had urged Machina to step down for Lawan, but he refused.

With INEC now recognising Machina as the candidate, we await the APC’s response to the situation.


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