The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has said that Senate President Ahmad Lawan participated in the Yobe North senatorial primaries of the party.
He stated this amid concerns over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s listing of Lawan’s name as the APC candidate for Yobe North senatorial district for the 2023 general election.
Bashir Machina was announced as the winner of the APC primaries for the senatorial district, which took place at the period Lawan was contending for the presidential ticket of the party.
Lawan, who lost the bid to the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, was said to have reached out to Machina to vacate the ticket for him, but the later was said to have refused insisting that he would not withdraw from the senatorial race since he got the votes of delegates in an unopposed election.
However, in the signed list of candidates forwarded by the APC to INEC, Lawan name waa listed as the party’s senatorial candidate for Yobe North.
His name was equally uploaded on INEC’s server by the ruling party alongside other senatorial candidates across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.
Machina has since m vowed to seek legal redress over the matter, vowing that he would never step down for Lawan.
On Monday, while speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja on the matter, Adamu said Lawan participated in the party’s senatorial primaries.
Explaining how Lawan participated and now became a senatorial candidate, Adamu said: “Don’t get yourself in the court of law. Is it that you were told or they are saying it?
“I don’t have time for negativity. I don’t just have time for that. If you face me with positives, I have time for all of that. I will stand here and answer all of your questions.
“I cannot respond to every speculation, particularly when they are negative, especially when they are by mischief makers.
“Is there any law that says when you contest an election and lost, you shouldn’t contest another one?
“Go and find out from the person who is responsible for organising the primaries. I have done my bit. I do know, in my honour, that he did participate within the timeline.”