Yobe North: Group Lauds Machina, Urges Him Not To Step Down For Lawan - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Yobe North: Group Lauds Machina, Urges Him Not To Step Down For Lawan

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The Daily Crucible | Thursday, June 16, 2022

The chances of President of Nigerian Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, returning to the red chamber in 2023 for the next legislative assembly looks slimmer by the day as Yobe State All Progressives Congress (APC), Zone C Concerned Stakeholders, has thrown its weight behind Alhaji Bashir Machina.

Alhaji Bashir Machina is the Yobe North Senatorial District Candidate of APC and it is believed that Machina holds the ticket in proxy for Lawan but the senatorial hopeful had refused to surrender it to the APC former Presidential aspirant after he was trounced by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the party primary election.

Bashir Machina had earlier stated that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, did not have a plan to return to the Senate, insisting on not giving the ticket to him.

According to Machina, Lawan would not have contested the party’s presidential primary if he had the ambition of returning to the Senate.

Reports have it that Lawan is seeking a transfer of the senatorial ticket secured by Machina to enable him return to the National Assemble.

And speaking on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television on Wednesday, Machina said, “The pressure is more or less speculative. There wasn’t any clear-cut person or message directly that says I should step down but from the headquarters of my party (APC), recently I was informed that if I was still in the race, I should write formally to inform the party that I am.”

Latching on that, the Yobe State All Progressives Congress (APC), Zone C Concerned Stakeholders expressed support for Machina, which emboldened him the more to remain adamant in his resolve to keep the ticket to himself ahead of 2023.
The group also commended Machina for “refusing to step down” for Lawan.

In a statement by the Group’s Leader, Alhaji Abba Yusufari, Bashir emerged due to popular support from the zone, saying the alleged plot to replace him with Lawan is unacceptable.

“As you are aware, Bashir Machina is the candidate that was picked as a consensus candidate of our great party, APC, in the just-ended primary elections.

“Any attempt by Senator Ahmed Lawan to replace him will be a complete betrayal of the will of the people and a clog in the wheel of the peace, unity and stability of the people.

“Suffice it to say that the mandate of Alhaji Bashir Machina is the mandate of the people and not that of an individual. The voice of the people is the voice of Allah.

“We, therefore, wish to caution that an attempt to silence the voice of the people by any individual, either by his involvement of any type of machination or antics, will be running against the concept of democracy and moral fairness.

“We are set to work hard and achieve the success of our candidate Hon. Bashir Machina and the victory of our party at all levels,” he said.

Yusufari advised Lawan to show gratitude to his constituents for giving him the mandate to serve them as a senator for 16 years.

“The Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, has been in the saddle for a record three times.

“By 2023, our beloved brother Sen. Lawan will be spending 24 years at the National Assembly, that is 16 years as a senator and eight years as a member of the House of Representative,” the leader said.

He reiterated the groups commitment to ensuring unity and stability in the zone in the interest of democracy, equity and fair play.

“Our brothers from the old Nguru Emirate, which now constitutes three Emirates of Machina, Nguru, and Yusufari, should equally have a feel of what our brothers in Bade Emirate have been enjoying in the last 24 years.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, it is against this backdrop that we make bold to throw our support behind our brother, Alhaji Bashir Sheriff Machina, to take over from Sen. Ahmed Lawan come 2023,” Yusufari said.

Last Friday, another group, led by former Commissioner for Sports, Alhaji Salleh Kachallah, held a rally in support of Machina’s candidature in Gashua town.

The group visited the palace of the Emir of Bade, Abubakar Suleiman II, and told him that the people of Jakusko and Bade local government areas are in support of Machina.

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