Lawan controversy: Bashir Machina vows to seek redress as APC removes name

Bashir Machina

Senatorial candidate for the All Progressives Congress Yobe North, Bashir Machina, says he is seeking redress after the party substituted his name on the list of candidates sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Machina has refused to step down for Senate President Ahmad Lawan who initially contested the party’s presidential ticket but lost. Lawan did not partake in the primary for Yobe North senatorial ticket because of his presidential ambition.

But Premium Times reports that the party’s list submitted to INEC shows Machina had been replaced by Lawan.

At a press conference on Friday, Machina rejected the substitution of his name in the list sent to INEC.

“I don’t know whether it was erroneous, my name was not in the list of the names that was said to be presented today to INEC. For the avoidance of doubt, I remain the candidate duly elected of the APC Yobe North Zone C senatorial zone,” he said.

The former chairman of the Nigeria Shippers Council maintained that he is the elected candidate. He also said he “did not withdraw for anybody and will not withdraw.”

He further described the removal of his name as undemocratic, illegal and inhuman.

“Insha Allah, I will take measures, first by reminding and appealing to my party that if this action is truly done, it should be corrected, especially if it is erroneously done.

“We are actually seeking redress from the national working committee of our party under the able leadership of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman, that there is an anomaly and we need it to be corrected,” he added.