Fact-Check: Bashir Machina To Step Down For Ahmed Lawal, To Quit APC
Bashir Sheriff Machina, victor of the Yobe North Senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been reported to have declared his step down for Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and resigning his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nexus News recalls that Lawan had been defeated in the party’s presidential race while Machina won the senatorial primary in Yobe North, the zone Lawan is representing at the National Assembly.
The election outcome had provoked heated controversy as Machina had refused to step down for Lawan, who returned to take the party’s senatorial ticket for Yobe North, leading to litigation.
Following that, a letter surfaced dated September 4, 2022, and addressed to the APC national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu that Machina has allegedly declared his withdrawal from the APC and senatorial race.
However, Nexus News gathered that Machina had reacted to the claims saying, “It is brought to my notice that some unscrupulous elements have forged my withdrawal letter out of mischief and blackmail. I want to state unequivocally that the purported letter was forged. I did not at any time withdraw or resigned from my party.
“I was shocked when I discovered that some persons concocted plans to mislead the public, particularly my supporters into believing that I have withdrawn.
“The discrepancies between the two dates, especially between the date of writing the purported letter and the date it was received exposed the author’s inadequacies and lack of sufficient administrative knowledge.” he debunked.