Bashir Machina, the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate for Yobe North senatorial district, has alleged plans by elements within the party’s top echelon to force his withdrawal from the contest.
Machina claimed part of the plan was to forge his signature on a letter expressing his intention to voluntarily withdraw as the candidate of the party for the district in the 2023 election.
According to a statement by the spokesman of Machina’s campaign organization, Husaini Isah, the move will pave the way for the emergence of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan as candidate for the race.
The statement reads, “Information available to the Bashir Machina Campaign Organisation has it that some individuals have entered an unholy alliance with some compromised leaders to forge the withdrawal letter of Yobe North APC senatorial candidate, Hon Bashir Machina, even after communicating formally to the Party leadership affirming his stand not to step-down for anybody.
“It is sad and indeed unfortunate that after all the cries and alarm raised by the Campaign Organisation exposing a sinister plot to subvert the will of people of Yobe North, some mischievous elements are hell-bent and determined to carry out their criminal offence.
“It has eventually come to light in this untidy business of a forged withdrawal letter, that some compromised leaders have become slaves to corruption and criminality in Nigeria.”
Machina further reiterated his position that he will not step down and any letter of withdrawal received was not from him rather they were forged.
The statement added, “Facts affirming our earlier accusation that some individuals were trying to forge the withdrawal letter of Bashir Machina have emerged, and as a Campaign Organisation, we want to make it abundantly clear that any withdrawal letter carrying the signature of our candidate is a forged document and does not emanate from him.
“We wonder how a sane person could delve into this embarrassing action which is criminal in nature and has the potential of soiling the reputation of the APC as a party that stands for justice.
“We want to reiterate that Bashir Machina’s letter dated 13th June which was sent to the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, still stands and any attempt to forge his withdrawal letter would be treated as a pure criminal offence irrespective of the calibre of person(s) involved.”