The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, has said that the senate president, Ahmad Lawan, contested the party’s primary for Yobe north senatorial district.
Adamu said this while answering questions from journalists after presenting the governor-elect of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that the APC Yobe north senatorial ticket had sparked controversy after Bashir Machina, who won the primary, declared that he will not step down for Lawan.
Lawan, who is currently representing Yobe north in the senate, was eventually listed as the APC senatorial candidate.
Lawan had, in May, contested for the APC presidential ticket, but lost to Bola Tinubu, the standard-bearer of the party.
Asked why the APC replaced Machina with Lawan in the senatorial candidates list, Adamu said he does not have time for ‘negativities.’
He said, “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 from mischief makers.”
When asked if the senate president took part in the senatorial primary, Adamu claimed that Lawan participated within the approved timeline.
“Go and find out from the person who is responsible for organising the primary. I have done my bit. I do know in my honour that he did participate within the timeline,” Adamu said.
The APC national chairman did not disclose when the senatorial primary, which he claimed led to the emergence of Lawan as a candidate, was organised.
In the build-up to the APC presidential primary, Adamu announced Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate for the party.
Lawan was vehemently rejected by members of the APC national working committee and the northern governors.