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Tension As Yobe APC Senatorial Candidate Refuses To Step Down For Lawan

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, may not be returning to the Senate as the youth leader in the state, Bashir Machina, has refused all entreaties to step down and hand over the senatorial ticket to him.

Recall, Lawan was amongst aspirants who contested for the APC presidential ticket but was defeated in the primary election where the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, emerged the Flagbearer.

Machina was the sole candidate in the Yobe North APC senatorial primaries as other aspirants who indicated interest were told not to contest to enable Machina hold the ticket for Lawan in case he loses the presidential election.

However, Machina is unwilling to let go of the ticket even after being offered some amount of money, according to reports gathered by THE WHISTLER.

Reports said the APC National Vice Chairman, North East, Mustapha Salihu, is spearheading all efforts to retrieve the ticket for Lawan but he has denied that.

He told journalists that, “I don’t interfere with local party arrangement in states. Yobe has its own unique way of primaries, which is a general consensus.

“All aspirants who obtained the party’s nomination forms nationwide have filled the withdrawal forms, which is a clear consent to withdraw in case of any superior interest, and with the consent of the party stakeholders in the state.”

“I’m aware that it is a national party policy for aspirants who lost the presidential ticket to return to their seats in the Senate. You can see Godswill Akpabio has already reclaimed his senatorial ticket,” Salihu added.