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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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Weeks after justices protest, Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad resigns

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Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned.

Sources confirmed that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Hint of potential crises in Nigeria’s judiciary played out last week when fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court wrote to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, lamenting the parlous state of affairs in the court.

The petition is the first-of-its-kind in the 58-year history of the apex court, the justices chronicled the operational challenges that have almost crippled the efficient adjudication of cases at the court.

Arrangements are said to be ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 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.

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18 years after suspension, Zimbabwe lobbys for readmission into Commonwealth

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Southern African Zimbabwe has continued with lobbying for readmission 18 years after it was thrown out of the body over allegations of human rights abuses.

The country made its latest move to be readmitted at the ongoing Commonwealth summit in Rwanda.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Rwanda Charity Manyeruke, who is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali as an observer alongside other top government officials, told newsmen that the country’s participation at the summit was a “positive development.”

“Zimbabwe is excited to be participating in Commonwealth forums as this presents opportunities to network with the international community taking into account the government of Zimbabwe’s policy of engagement and reengagement,” Ms Manyeruke said.

“The Commonwealth meeting in Kigali has provided opportunities for our Zimbabwean diaspora across the globe, who are participating as panellists, facilitators and as delegates in the forums.

Zimbabwe was first suspended from the councils of the Commonwealth for one year, after international observers condemned disputed presidential election as unfairly tilted toward Robert Mugabe in 2022.

One year after the suspension, Mr Mugabe revealed that he did not accept a Commonwealth decision to prolong Zimbabwe’s suspension from the group until the country mended its ways.

“Accordingly, Zimbabwe has withdrawn its membership from the Commonwealth with immediate effect,” said a government statement.

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs deputy minister David Musabayana said he had held meetings with influential people to discuss the country’s potential readmission.

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