Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawa has agreed not to appeal a court ruling that nullified his candidacy.
Recall, a Federal High Court in Damaturu on September 28, 2022, recognised Bashir Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
The court ordered the APC to transmit Mr Machina’s name to the electoral body, INEC, as the candidate.
The Yobe North senatorial ticket sparked controversy after Machina, who won the primary, made it clear he would not step down for Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
Lawan had contested for the APC presidential ticket in May, but lost to Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Also, no records of Lawan’s participation in the APC senatorial primaries were presented by the APC, although the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, disclosed that the aspirant took part in the elections.
However, Lawan, who currently represents Yobe north district, was eventually listed as the APC senatorial candidate for the 2023 general election, leaving Machina who actually won the elections out of the picture.
The APC chairman had urged Machina to step down for Lawan, but he refused.
However, in a statement on Thursday, September 29, 2022, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said he has accepted the judgment of the court which disqualified his candidature and participation in the elections.
The statement titled: “Court Judgement on Yobe North Senatorial District Candidacy” reads:
“Yesterday, Wednesday, 28th September, 2022, the Federal High Court in Damaturu delivered judgement on the rightful candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District for the 2023 National Assembly elections.
“The said judgement disqualifies my candidature and therefore my participation in the elections.
“After due consultations with my political associates, supporters and well-wishers, I have decided not to appeal against the judgement. I accept the judgement.
“At this juncture, I deem it appropriate to thank His Excellency, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam for the leadership role in the APC political family in Yobe State. I also thank His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni for the support and brotherhood.
“To my constituents, I thank you all for your unflinching support, loyalty and unreserved commitment to the course of building our people and Yobe North Senatorial District and indeed Yobe State.
“I want to assure you that I will continue to serve you in my personal and any other capacity at all times.
“We journeyed together for a long time, and this journey will remain a life long journey. It has been a wonderful relationship and it can only get stronger. I am indebted to you all. Alhamdulillah,” the statement said.