Yobe North Senatorial Candidate Insists On Not Stepping Down For Ahmed Lawan

Yobe North Senatorial Candidate Insists On Not Stepping Down For Ahmed Lawan

The Yobe North Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bashir Machina has insisted that he will not step down for Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, saying that Lawan never had any plans to return to the Senate.

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

It would be recalled that Lawan contested for APC’s presidential ticket and lost to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed at the primary, with reports that he is currently seeking a transfer of the Senate ticket won by Machina for him to return to the Senate.

Machina, who spoke on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television on Wednesday, 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.”

The APC candidate confirmed that the letter that trended online was his response to the request from an unnamed caller from the national headquarters of the APC.

“I formally wrote a letter to the party, reiterating and affirming my position, that I am still the candidate; that I did not withdraw, and I am not withdrawing, and I’m in the race in the event that anybody is contemplating or doubting that there is any move,” he said.

Asked if the leadership of the APC asked him to step down for Lawan, Machina said: “No, I won’t step down because Ahmad Lawan did not contest for the Senate. Of course, it is a known fact that Ahmad Lawan contested for president and lost. And when I contested for Senate, Lawan did not participate (in the primary) or did not contest (for Senate). So, I don’t think that may be in any way an issue.”

Asked also what he would do if President Muhammadu Buhari asked him to, Machina said the APC would not repeat the undemocratic tendencies in other parties for which the ruling party was created to end, adding that he is senior to Lawan by legislative ranking as he was in the House of Representatives in the defunct Third Republic while Lawan joined the National Assembly in the Fourth Republic.

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