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Nigeria’s President Buhari fights ‘gang-up’. Is Nigeria headed for a two-party state?

The table was shaken hard enough on Monday by Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when it formed a coalition of 38 other parties against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), simply to oust the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019

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The table was shaken hard enough on Monday by Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when it formed a coalition of 38 other parties against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), simply to oust the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The group led by PDP is called Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

In return, the APC on Tuesday said that it had joined forces with 20 other political parties to form a Coalition of Progressives Political Parties (CPPP) to neutralize any moves by CUPP to overthrow its administration.
Parties that make up CPPP are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Accord Party, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), United Progressive Party (UPP), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
The rest are Freedom Justice Party (FJP), Fresh Party (FP), New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP), Nigeria’s Peoples Congress (NPC), Nigeria Peoples Movement (NPM), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), National Action Congress (NAC) and NDLP.

The coalition chairman, who is also the national chairman of PDM, Alhaji Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, said that the coalition was made up of like-minded political parties who believe in Nigeria’s unity and stability.

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“Yesterday (Monday) we woke up to a new development where PDP outside power has now managed to create another coalition. As facts continue to emerge, they listed 36 political parties. Our analysis of that coalition reveals that a number of political parties were included in that coalition fraudulently.

“Part of the political parties they listed is Accord Party and the chairman of the party is here with us. If you are creating a coalition, you need to be honest about it as to who and who are members of the coalition.

“As of today, the membership of that coalition is in doubt. Two members also listed at that coalition are here. We are not part of that coalition because we represent a political type of politics which is in total contradiction of what they are doing.

“We do not believe that our country should be governed by people whose only objective is to capture power. For what purpose is that coalition built? Is it for the purpose of taking Nigeria back to 1999 and 2015 or is it for the purpose of building a new Nigeria?

“That purpose has not been stated, even their in their memorandum. The only thing in their MoU is to agree to capture power in 2019. Their programme has not been made known to the Nigerian public. We will not be part of a coalition that does not have a programme for Nigeria,” he said.

The rapid developments within Nigeria’s political space have been seen by analysts as essentially desperate moves by members of the ruling elites, as spread across different political divides, to align or realign ahead of the general polls billed for early 2019.

Questions have also been asked as to whether the realignment of forces is a signal of coalition of interests under two distinct umbrellas which once was forced on Nigeria by the then ruling junta led by Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

The two parties engineered by Babangida were the NRC and the SDP.

Nigeria’s political parties are rarely driven by ideologies.

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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