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Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu of The Federal High Court in Damaturu has ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to forward the name of Machina to INEC as the authentic winner of the primary that was held on the 28 May 2022.

She ruled that the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must recognise Bashir Machina as the candidate for Yobe North senatorial candidate, referring to the primary election where Senate President Ahmad Lawan emerged as the candidate as a “phantom” one.

There has been an on-going tug-of-war over who is running for the Yobe North senatorial position between Bashir Machina and Ahmed Lawan, the current Senate President.