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The leadership of Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has dissolved the Kwara State executive of the party, citing electoral malfeasance in the last ward, local and state congresses

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The leadership of Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has dissolved the Kwara State executive of the party, citing electoral malfeasance in the last ward, local and state congresses.

The country’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, hails from the North-central State of Kwara and has had a running battle with APC, the party that brought him to power.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had at the weekend reportedly asked party officials loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign their appointments and announced Bashir Bolarinwa as the new state chairman of the party.

Perhaps, acting out a written script, APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) led by its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole on Monday “reviewed the actions of some leaders of the party that emerged from the congresses who participated in an open rally calling on the Senate President to decamp to the PDP”.

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The party said after a careful and exhaustive deliberation on this and other developments in the state chapter of the party that it
resolved “to dissolve all party organs from Ward, Local Government and State Executive of the Party in Kwara state; and to constitute caretaker committee at all levels of the party of the party organ at Ward, Local Government and State Executive Committees.

“That Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa shall and is hereby appointed as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the State Executive Committee of APC in Kwara State”.

With the party structure clearly taken away from him, the development tactically calls out Senator Saraki to play his next card of further disrupting the party in order to create a stalemate or grab the structures by force.

Saraki has, in recent public appearances, given hint that he might dump APC for the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Senate President’s next move, analysts believe, may quicken his departure for PDP.

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Court summons Tunisian opposition leader, Rached Ghannouchi, over money laundering

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Tunisian opposition party, Ennahda has revealed that its leader, Rached Ghannouchi has been summoned by a judge over money laundering allegations.

The party revealed news of his summon on Wednesday and accused the authorities of targeting him for political reasons.

The summon is said to answer questions about the allegations, which Ennahda say are untrue and a result of “distortion and fabrication”.

Recall that a court in Tunisia in May, slammed a travel ban on Ghannouchi, alongside 33 other party faithful under the suspicion of involvement in an alleged parallel security service put into place after the 2011 Tunisian revolution.

Ghannouchi has been one of the loudest critics of president Kais Saied since the president seized broad powers last year, moved to rule by decree and ousted the elected parliament in which the Ennahda leader is speaker.

President Saied sacked the government, suspended parliament, and seized a string of powers in July 2021. In December of the same year, he announced in a speech on national television a three-month “popular consultation” with the Tunisian people after which “draft constitutional and other reforms will be put forward to a referendum on July 25”.

Ghannouchi’s summon is not the first time the Judiciary since Saied came to power will take decision that is perceive by many to be targeted at the president’s rival.

In June, a Tunisian military court sentenced a prominent political opponent and rival of President Kais Saied, Seifeddine Makhlouf, to one year in prison and also banned him from practising law for five years.

President Saied’s seat-tight disposition has continued with controversial reforms despite criticisms and wild protests.

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Exiled former Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, to return home

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Burkinabe authorities has revealed that former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore will return from exile for the first time since being ousted in a 2014 uprising.

The junta led by Colonel Damiba made the revelation on Wednesday. Compaore will return home despite his conviction earlier this year for complicity in his predecessor’s murder.

Blaise Compaore was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military tribunal in April for the murder of his predecessor and ‘best friend’, Thomas Sankara, in a 1987 coup.

The statement from the presidency said the meeting of former heads of state “does not hinder judicial prosecutions engaged against some of them”, but did not elaborate.

An association of lawyers representing the families of Sankara and others killed during the 1987 coup demanded that Compaore be arrested once in Burkina Faso.

Local media have speculated in recent days that Compaore could be granted a pardon over the Sankara murder as part of the junta’s reconciliation process.

The coup that brought the current junta into power in Burkina Faso was launched on 23 January 2022 when gunfire erupted in front of the presidential residence in the Burkinabé capital Ouagadougou and several military barracks around the city.

The military Junta of Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba ceased power afterward and Christian Kabore has been on house arrest since then. Although fighting insurgency was one of the reasons for the last coup, Burkina Faso however remains in the eye of the storm with continuous terrorist attacks.

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