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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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Senegalese opposition condemns President Sall’s ‘slow’ election date announcement

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The opposition presidential contenders in Senegal have claimed that the government is taking too long to announce a new date for the poll, following a court ruling that declared a 10-month postponement to be illegal.

This occurs just a few days after President Macky Sall pledged to comply with the Constitutional Council’s position that the election be held as soon as feasible following the parliament’s resolution to reschedule the election—which was initially set for February 25—was overruled by the court.

The situation in one of the more stable democracies in coup-hit West Africa led to violent public protests and threats of authoritarian overreach, and Sall came under intense pressure both domestically and internationally to accept the council’s decision.

However, no new date has been announced, which has angered opposition candidates who want the election to happen before Sall’s term expires on April 2.

In a joint statement released late on Tuesday, sixteen out of the nineteen presidential candidates bemoaned the “inexplicable slowness” with which the council’s decision was implemented.

It was their contention that Sall’s tardy return to electoral duty demonstrated his reluctance to initiate a process that would result in a transfer of power. A request for response from the presidency was not answered.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Justice Minister Aïssata Tall Sall said that there was room for discussion over the expiration of Sall’s mandate on April 2.

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South Africa wants Israel’s ‘occupation’ of Palestinian territories declared illegal

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South Africa is back at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Israel’s role in the ongoing Hamas war. On Tuesday, Johannesburg asked the World Court to issue a non-binding legal opinion that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal.

South Africa argued that the proclamation would help efforts to reach a settlement as its representative opened the second day of hearings at the court in the Hague.

Vusimuzi Madonsela, South Africa’s ambassador to the Netherlands told the judges that “a clear legal characterization of the nature of Israel’s regime over the Palestinian people can only assist in remedying the ongoing delay and achieving a just settlement.”

Palestinian delegates asked the U.N.’s top court on Monday to declare Israel’s occupation of their territory illegal, adding that the advisory opinion of the court might help bring about a durable peace and a two-state solution.

Israel sent a written statement claiming that an advisory opinion would be detrimental to reaching a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, despite not being present at the hearings.

The most recent wave of violence in Gaza, which was sparked by Hamas’s attacks on Israel on October 7, has exacerbated the region’s long-standing grievances and harmed attempts to find a peaceful solution.

The ICJ’s fifteen-member panel was tasked with “occupation, settlement and annexation … including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures.”

It is anticipated that the judges will take about half a year to respond to the request, which also asks them to evaluate the implications of the occupation’s legal standing.

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