The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday, further dashed the hopes of Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan as he seeks a return to the National Assembly in 2023.
DAILY POST reports that Lawan has been locked up in a battle with Bashir Sheriff Machina in his bid to secure a return ticket to represent Yobe North Senatorial district on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Lawan, a former Education Officer, who worked in Yobe State Ministry of Education, made foray into politics in 1999 and got elected first into the House of Representatives to represent Bade/Jakusko Federal Constituency of Yobe State on the platform of opposition All Peoples Party (APP). In 2003, he contested to represent Yobe North Senatorial seat and won and since then, the Professor of Remote Sensing has been winning elections seamlessly, particularly after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) early 2015.
His attempt to up his political game in 2023, by contesting for presidential primary of the APC has unarguably resulted to the ongoing political battle with another APC chieftain, Bashir Sheriff Machina, with both laying claim to the sole ticket.
Machina is relying on the Yobe North Senatorial primary which was conducted on June 28, a time he said Senator Lawan was contesting for the APC presidential primary, which he lost to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Machina scored 289 votes out of 300 delegates that took part in the primary