Bashir Sheriff Machina, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District, has insisted he won’t be stepping down from the race for any other person. Not even the incumbent, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President.
Machina won the APC ticket for the district, which Lawan has been representing since 2007.
Machina, in an interview with Channels Television, said he would not step down for Lawan, insisting that he got the votes of delegates in an unopposed election.
He added that some people have approached him to withdraw from the senatorial race.
Asked during the interview to reveal those behind the speculations on his withdrawal from the race, Machina said such persons are politicians who contested certain positions that they were not prepared for.
“Maybe some politicians who aren’t prepared to contest for certain elections, got themselves contesting the elections thinking that maybe somehow or somewhere, that would come across some luck to win the ticket.
“People who are not certainly fit enough to contest certain offices, maybe they were contemplating that they would get back their actual level,” he said.
Machina said Lawan did not plan a return to the national assembly before he declared to run for president.
“Well, he doesn’t believe so and I’m sure he did not plan to go back to the national assembly. That is why he contested for the presidency and lost,” he added.
“This is democracy. The space is free. A certain period of time was given for people to want to contest. Timetables were set, guidelines were produced by the parties, and eventually, elections were held.”
Lawan recently contested the APC presidential ticket but lost after polling 152 votes. The contest was won by Bola Tinubu.
With the window for primaries now closed, Lawan will not be on the ballot for any elective position in 2023, and this has sparked speculations that Machina might resign his candidacy for the senate president.