A Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State has declared Bashir Machina as the authentic candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District in the 2023 election.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who is the current occupant of the seat has by the ruling lost his bid to get a return ticket to the Senate.
Mr Bashir Machina had approached the Federal High Court in Damaturu seeking an order of the court to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish his name as the winner of the May 28 APC senatorial primary election for Yobe North.
Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu in her ruling ordered the APC to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary election.
The judge described the purported primary election where the Senate President emerged as the senatorial candidate as “phantom.”
Senator Lawan who had participated in the presidential primary of the APC and lost, went for the ticket of his senatorial district, a move which created controversy between him and Machina who asserted that he duly participated in the primaries and won the ticket of the party for the Senatorial Election.