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Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo declares to run for 2023 presidency. But what’s new?

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The race for the 2023 Presidential Elections in Nigeria is getting interesting as political gladiators have continued to put their mouths where their hearts are. The latest is Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has announced his intention to run to become Nigeria’s next president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Osibajo made the announcement in a video obtained on his verified social media account with the quote.

“I am today, with utmost humility formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of APC.”

Osinbajo in the short video boasts that his privileged position as Nigeria’s Vice President puts him in a better position to fix Nigeria.

“I have been in agricultural, mining, and oil and producing communities, in the Delta, Kebbi, Enugu … and in other states of the federation listening to the different experiences and yearnings of our people.” He said.

“I have visited our gallant troops in the Northeast and IDP camps, and I have felt the pain and anguish of victims of violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, flooding fire, and other disasters.”

“I have been in the home of many ordinary Nigerians in various parts of the country.” He added.

I have sat with our “techpreneurs” in Lagos, Edo, and Kaduna with our Nollyhood and Kannywood actors with our musicians from Lagos, Onitsha, and Kano and I have spoken with small and large businesses, I stood where they stood, I sat where they sat, I know their hope and aspirations …” The video ends.

It remains to be seen how things will shape up in Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the contest of who gets the party’s presidential ticket. Osinbajo’s political benefactor, Bola Tinubu had shown interest to run for Nigeria’s president on the platform of the party. Meanwhile,  another member of the party, Nigeria’s Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi also declared interest to run for the job over the weekend.  Others who have also shown interest to run for the post are Governor Yaya Bello of Kogi state, former governors Oji Uzor Kalu, and Rochas Okorocha, amongst others.

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Exiled Ivory Coast politician, Charles Blé Goudé, returns home to cheering crowd. Old wounds opened?

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Exiled Ivorian politician, Charles Blé Goudé who was the right-hand man of former Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, is back home.

The Street General as he is fondly called is said to be allegedly involved in the violence that followed the 2011 presidential elections, returned home on Saturday after more than eight years abroad.

Thousands of supporters turned up to receive him at the airport after his arrival on a flight from Ghana’s capital, Accra, that was preceded by a heavy police presence.

Charles Blé Goudé while addressing the crowd said “in reality when I was told to come, it was frank, it was sincere. That is why I thank you here in Yopougon, the Ivorian authorities for having facilitated (my return, ed.) among you. If I see you today it is thanks to them.”

He thanked the Ivorian authorities for facilitating his return and said his “duty” was to “support the peace process”.

“I have arrived, I will gather all the information. In this same place, we will hold a political rally where I will discuss all the issues. And as the press is here, I ask them to come in a few weeks to a big press conference where we will discuss all the issues, I mean all the issues”, promised Blé Goudé.

The politician was arrested in Ghana in 2013 following the post-electoral crisis that engulfed the west African country in 2010. But the homecoming seems to be approved by the incumbent president, Alassane Ouattara, who in July pardoned his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé’s principal in the push for national reconciliation.

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Congo DR electoral body, CENI, announces date of presidential election

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The electoral authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Commission Electorale Nationale Independente (CENI) have announced dates for the next presidential election.

CENI on Saturday said the election will take place on December 20th next year.

The commission outlined several challenges, including the logistics of transporting ballot materials thousands of miles, health concerns about Ebola and COVID-19, and unrest that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

The incumbent president, Felix Tshisekedi, who already expressed his intention to run again. He might be running against Martin Fayulu, who continues to claim that he won the 2018 election and was denied victory.

Terrorist activities, largely by a rebel group, M23 have drawn reactions from stakeholders in the East Africa region and global observers. The M23 is a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the DRC, mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

According to the electoral authorities, insecurity remains the main challenge for the next elections.

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