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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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Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Béavogui meets political parties to mitigate tension

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In the bid to address tension that has bedeviled its political space, Guinean Prime Minister, Mohamed Béavogui has met with political parties.

The meeting comes after the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) suspended its call for a demonstration which would have been the first major protest rally under the now ruling junta.

In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister stressed that “it is essential that each of us here understand once and for all that the only agenda that counts is that of the people.”

Guinea’s pressure group, The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) had called for a nationwide demonstration against the West African country’s military junta earlier this month. The group also led protests against former President Alpha Conde, calling against the ban imposed by the junta on public protest.

Mohamed Béavogui, told the political parties, civil society organizations and trade unions that “only an inclusive approach, adapted to the Guinean reality, will enable us to lay the foundations for the good life together that we all aspire.

“We have already set up an inter-ministerial council, a group of colleagues. We are going to refine the group as we go along… You also have to get organised. The government is counting on the good faith of all the participants in this consultation.”

Mr. Béavogui concluded by asking participants to “send their contributions” by July 1. He did not set any new meeting dates.

Guinea is one of the West African countries that have recently experienced a military takeover of government. Mali and Burkina Faso are part of the negative trend. There has been pressure on the countries from the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for transition into civil government.

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Nigeria gets new Chief Justice, Olukayode Ariwoola. Will he suffer fate of his predecessors?

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Following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhamed as Nigeria’s Chief Justice on Monday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Justice Ariwoola who was born on Aug. 22, 1958 and appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2011 and expected to retire by 2028.

He was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2011. He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

Justice Ariwoola was first appointed a Judge of the Supereme Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.

Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions.

Nigeria’s judiciary has been in the spotlight in some ways since the administration of Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that shortly after his swearing, the Department of State Service notoriously raided homes of judges in 2016.

Also, Nigeria’s last two Chief Justices left in circumstances that raised eyebrows on what is expected of the judicial arm of government.

In 2019President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Justice Tanko’s predecessor Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, 15 days after allegations of impropriety were lodged against the most senior judge in the country. It was the first time that Nigeria’s head of state had sacked a chief justice since 1975, when the country was under military rule.

Barely a week before his resignation, fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court wrote to the immediate former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, lamenting the parlous state of affairs in the court, amidst other corrupt allegation.

With the somewhat shadiness that surrounded the last two predecessors, it is hoped that Nigeria’s new Chief justice, Olukayode Ariwoola will offer a breath of freshness in Nigeria’s judiciary.  Time will tell.

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