Machina blasts Buni’s Commissioner for declaring Lawan senatorial candidate

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The Bashir Machina Campaign Organisation has berated Yobe State Commissioner for Environment, Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa for declaring Senator Ahmad Lawan as the Yobe North All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate.

This is contained in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by Husaini Mohammed Isah, the

spokesman of the organization, while reacting to the commissioner’s comments at an event organized by the Yobe State government to honour the President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan in Gashu’a town.

“We are concerned because Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa has unwittingly exposed himself to ridicule.

“As a cabinet member in Governor Buni’s administration, the Commissioner for Environment ought to have taken a queue from him boss by avoiding any utterance that will be viewed as divisive, prejudice and misleading”, he said.

According to the statement, the new Electoral Act which is the operational law and the guide for the conduct of election did not in any place state that a Commissioner of Environment has the powers to declare somebody a candidate.

“Specifically, Section 33 of that Act unambiguously stated how a validly nominated candidate can be substituted.

“What Sidi needs to understand is that the law was not made just for fun”, it said.

While describing Sidi’s utterances as unfortunate and capable of widening the minor internal misunderstanding within the party’s ranks, the campaign organisation pledged to continue to be law abiding citizens.

Meanwhile, the Machina Campaign Organisation has condemned in strongest terms the action of some police personnel who stopped some loyalists of Bashir Machina from entering Gashu’a town to witness the inauguration of a landmark project of Gov. Mai Mala Buni in Gashu’a.

“This action in itself is utter disregard of the Constitution of Nigeria which gives every citizen the right to move and associate.

“We are calling on the Commissioner of Police, Yobe State Command to call his men to order before the matter escalates”, the organization demanded.P

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