Lawan’s Victory a Daylight Robbery, Says Machina’s Aide

Yesterday, the Supreme Court adjudged Ahmed Lawan, Nigeria’s Senate President, as the rightful candidate of Yobe North Senatorial District against Bashir Machina who had tussled with the former to clinch the ticket. But Machina’s aide, Nura Audu described the court’s ruling as a “daylight” robbery.

Audu who is the Deputy Campaign Coordinator and Yobe North Zonal Social Media for Machina told Punch that yesterday’s event was surprising even as the senate president did not partake in the primary election.

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“The Supreme Court judgement was a daylight robbery, and very unfortunate in the political history of Nigeria,” he said. “Tension is high now. Ahmed Lawan neither obtained and filled the Senatorial aspiration form nor contested in the primaries.”

But Audu said the team awaits what its boss would say before knowing the next line of action. “As Muslims, we believe in destiny; we will wait for what our leader would say before knowing what to do.”


Rejoicing over the court’s judgement in his favour, Lawan extolled the court, saying the ruling was a victory for democracy.

The senate president addressed journalists at the Senate Guest House in Maitama, Abuja. He thanked the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership for challenging an appellate court’s judgment that pronounced Machina as the party’s senatorial candidate for Yobe North.

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“Let me begin by thanking God for his blessing and, of course, for what happened today at the Supreme Court on the judgment on Yobe North. This is a significant victory for the APC in Yobe and the APC in general across the country,” said Lawan.

Machina had approached an Appeal Court in Gombe after accusing APC of pitching Lawan as the candidate for the district. However, the supreme court’s presiding judge, Justice Centus Nweze, set aside the appeal.


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