By Hadiza Abdulrahaman
The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu on Wednesday has declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) authentic senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the coming 2023 National Assembly elections.
The presiding judge, Justice Fadimatu Murtala directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish his name accordingly.
Machina and President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan who is representing Yobe North in the Senate have been at loggerheads for months over the ticket won by the former at the primary held on June 9, 2022.
Lawan had contested the presidential primary of the ruling party at about the same time as the senatorial primary won by Machina.
The President of the Senate however, lost to Bola Tinubu, a development that forced him to jostle for the senatorial ticket but Machina insisted that he won’t step down.
Ahmed Lawan has been in the National Assembly as a federal lawmaker for 23 unbroken years.