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Compromise, endorsement as President Buhari’s candidate, Abdullahi Adamu emerges Chairman of Nigeria’s APC

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After months of back and forth, Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) held its national convention in Abuja on Saturday with Abdullahi Adamu emerging National Chairman and other leaders are chosen in different capacities to lead the party, particularly as the 2023 general elections in Nigeria draw closer.

Interestingly, the party once again chose the instrument of compromise, negotiation, and consensus to arrive at the desired end in its internal politicking as almost all of its leadership positions were filled by candidates stepping downing and groups’ endorsement with no actual party delegate elections.

Early on Saturday, after a series of persuasions and negotiations by governors and other leaders of the party, six other aspirants for the office of the national chairman; George Akume, Tanko Al-makura, Abdul’Aziz Yari, Sani Musa, Saliu Mustapha, and Etsu Muhammed reportedly agreed to step down for Abdullahi Adamu, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice for the job.

With the convention now concluded, a unity list has of a National Working Committee for Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC has emerged.

According to the list, a former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu would be the national chairman of the party while former deputy governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore would serve as its national secretary. The new NWC members include:

  1. Abdullahi Adamu – National Chairman
  2. Abubakar Kyari – Deputy National Chairman (North)
  3. Ema Enaukwu – Deputy National Chairman (South)
  4. Otunba Omisore – National Secretary
  5. Festus Fuanter – Deputy National Secretary
  6. Muhazu Rijau – National Vice Chairman (North Central)
  7. Mustapha Salihu – National Vice Chairman (North East)
  8. Salihu Lukman – National Vice Chairman (North West)
  9.  Ijeoma Arodiogwu – National Vice Chairman (South East)
  10. Victor Giadom – National Vice Chairman (South South)
  11. Isaac Kekemeke – National Vice Chairman (South West)
  12. Ahmed El-Marzuk – National Legal Adviser
  13. Uguru Ofoke – National Treasurer
  14. Bashir Gumel – National Financial Secretary
  15. Suleiman Argungun – National Organising Secretary.

Also endorsed are; Ahmed El-Marzuk, National Legal Adviser; Beta Edu, National Woman Leader; Abdulahi Israel, National Youth Leader; Tolu Bankole, Special Persons Leader; Uguru Ofoke, National Treasurer; F.N Nwosu, National Welfare Secretary; Felix Morka, National Publicity Secretary; Abubakar Maikafi, National Auditor; Bashir Gumel, National Financial Secretary; Suleiman Argungun, National Organising Secretary; Ibrahim Salawu, Deputy National Legal Adviser and Omorede Osifo, Deputy National Treasurer.

The emergence of the new National Working Committee of the APC has brought up the conversation regarding the need for ideological-driven political parties and political players in Nigeria and Africa at large. With many recent court rulings regarding party defection or cross carpeting in Nigeria, the argument that politicians are the same and only divided by current personal interest appears true.

For instance, APC’s new party Chairman was a founding member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and actually started politics as a member of the ‘conservative’ National Party of Nigeria (NPN), he is now to chair a supposed ‘Progressive’ party. Such can also be said of the party’s new National Secretary – Senator Iyiola Omisore who is another ex-PDP chieftain.

Anyway, with the uncertainty regarding APC’s leadership now out of the way, Nigerians would hope it’s a launch into better political leadership also.

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5 parties now part of South Africa’s unity government— ANC

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South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has announced that negotiations with other parties are still underway as the party forms a government with five opposition parties.

The ANC was obliged to form coalitions with other political parties after last month’s election because it was unable to secure a parliamentary majority for the first time since the 1994 election that brought an end to apartheid.

The Democratic Alliance, led by white people and supportive of business, supported ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa in his reelection as president of South Africa’s parliament on Friday. Two smaller parties, the right-wing Patriotic Alliance and the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party, also supported the party.

The ANC said on Monday that GOOD, a smaller party, has also committed to join the unity government agreement. According to an ANC statement, this group holds 273 seats in the National Assembly or 68% of the total.

South Africa’s 400 seats make up its parliament. The IFP has 17 seats, the PA has 9 seats, the DA is the second-largest party with 87 seats, the ANC has 159 seats, and GOOD has one seat. According to the ANC, the unity government would guarantee that all involved parties had representation in government and would reach decisions by consensus.

The ANC stated that the unity government will prioritize land reform, infrastructure development, job creation, fixed capital investment promotion, and quick, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth.

“The president will exercise the prerogative to appoint the cabinet, in consultation with leaders of GNU (government of national unity) parties, adhering to existing protocols on government decision-making and budgeting,” the ANC said, adding it was still in discussions with more parties to join the government.

With 39 seats, the Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters party has declared that it will not serve in a government with the Democratic Alliance (DA) or the Freedom Front Plus, two organizations that receive support from the white minority.

The former president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto we Sizwe party is likewise not a member of the unity government. With 58 seats in the National Assembly, it has declared that it will join the EFF and the center-left United Democratic Movement in the “Progressive Caucus,” a group of minor opposition parties in parliament.

The unity government will face official resistance from this alliance.

“With populist parties choosing to reject the GNU, and the ANC’s bigger partners in the governing coalition centre-leaning and favouring more liberal economic policies, we think the GNU opens the possibility for more growth-friendly structural reforms and prudent macroeconomic policy choices,” HSBC economist David Faulkner said in a note.

“But the GNU could also face ideological divisions and exacerbate fractures within the ANC, factors that could make establishing a stable policy framework difficult.”

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South Africa: Parliament reelects Cyril Ramaphosa as president

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President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has been re-elected for a second term. He was nominated for re-election on Friday by a member of his African National Congress (ANC) party during the first sitting of parliament following last month’s election.

Julius Malema, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighter, was also put forward for the nation’s presidency, necessitating a vote in parliament to determine the winner.

With a majority of votes in the National Assembly, Chief Justice Ramaphosa was proclaimed president. Julius Malema, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party, received 44 votes, while Ramaphosa received 283.

The Democratic Alliance party said earlier in the day that it would support Ramaphosa in the election as part of a deal to establish a unity government with the African National Congress.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has been re-elected for a second term. He was nominated for re-election on Friday by a member of his African National Congress (ANC) party during the first sitting of parliament following last month’s election.

Out of the 400 seats in the recently elected National Assembly, 246 are held by the ANC and DA.

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