Senate: Lawan quits struggle, says ‘I accept Court’s verdict’



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SENATE President Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, accepted the ruling of a Federal High Court in Yobe State, which affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Yobe North Senatorial election in 2023.

Lawan, an aspirant in the Presidential primaries of the ruling party, said that he would not appeal the Wednesday judgement of the High Court.

He disclosed this in a statement he personally signed, seen by THE POINT.

Lawan, who currently represents Yobe North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, said he arrived at his decision not to appeal the ruling, following consultations with his political associates, supporters and well-wishers.

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 committment 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.”