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Ahmed Lawan’s trouble doubles as group backs Bashir Mashini to oust Senate president

Ahmed Lawan’s trouble doubles as group backs Bashir Mashini to oust Senate president

Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, has lost his bid to be All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, and is looking sure to lose the party’s ticket to return to the Senate.

The winner of Yobe North senatorial primary election, Bashir Mashini Sherrif, has written to the All Progressive Congress (APC), that he will not step down his ambition for Senate president.

Bashir, in a letter dated June 13, 2022, said he was totally committed to his mandate, and he is working towards delivering Yobe North Senatorial District for APC.

“I write to reaffirm that I remain committed to the mandate which I won at the primaries and I have not in any form or manner communicated otherwise. I have been informed of a purported malicious, and mischievous report and insinuation to the contrary.

“Note that I never at any time, signed or communicated in any form any intent to vacate the mandate, which was won at the primaries”, the letter read.

Ahmed Lawan had contested for the APC presidential primaries where he lost resoundingly.

INEC has put a deadline for all political parties to submit a list of their senatorial candidates, latest on Friday of June 17, 2022.

Lawan is currently one of the longest serving members of the National Assembly, haven been elected as a House of Reps member in 1999.

Meanwhile, Concerned Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC ‘Zone C’ Senatorial District of Yobe state have thrown their weight behind Bashir.

In a press statement signed by the leader of the group, Abba Maina Yusufari, which was made available to the press in Damaturu on Tuesday said, “we are here to make these Press Release free of any sentiment but with every sense of duty for the development and unity of our political landscape, Zone C Senatorial District.

“For keen observers of Yobe politics, no one is blind to the fact that our senatorial zone has enjoyed relative political peace and stability both at the House of Representative and even more at the senate with our brother, The Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan been in the saddle for a record three times. By the end of 2023, our beloved brother Sen. Ahmed Lawan will be spending 24 years at the National Assembly ie 16 years as a senator and 8 years as a member of the House of Representative.

“While we remain committed and dedicated to propagating our cherished unity and stability, we also believe that for the interest of democracy, equity, justice and fair play, our brothers from the old Nguru Emirate which now constitutes other three Emirates of Machina, Nguru, and Yusufari should equally have a feel of what our brother Emirate of Bade have been enjoying in the last 24 years”. Yusufari stated.

He added that, “it is against this backdrop that his group make bold to throw their support behind their brother Alhaji Bashir Sheriff Machina to take over from Sen. Ahmed Lawan come 2023.

“As you are aware, Alhaji 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 Sen. Ahmed Lawan to replace him from the seat will be a complete betrayal of the will of the people and a clog in the wheel of the peace, unity and stability the people.

“Suffice that the mandate 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.

“Let it be made plain that we do not subscribe, support or encourage the thought of Hon. Bashir standing aside for the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan whom we supported to emerge as the presidential candidate of our party but Allah in his infinite wisdom made it different.

“We urge on our brother, Dr. Ahmed Lawan at this juncture to express thanks to the good people of Zone C for the support he has experienced from them since the revival of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 and not to be dragging a senate seat that he abandoned for an eye for the presidency. A piece of cake can’t be eaten twice in the same sitting.” Yusufari concluded.

 

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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