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Nigeria: Another serving governor, Kayode Fayemi, joins race for ruling party presidential ticket. All comers affair?

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Another contender in Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has announced its intention to contest Nigeria’s presidency in the 2023 elections. This time, it is the governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Fayemi made the announcement to run for the coveted office while responding to questions during his public declaration on Wednesday.

The event was attended by many dignitaries including a former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; former Senate President, Ameh Ebute; former Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; and many traditional rulers.

Nigeria is due for another general election in 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in office since 2015 will be completing his second term of four years.

The governor said that he decided to join the race after consultations with political associates, traditional rulers, and APC critical stakeholders.

“However, after careful consideration of where we are as a nation and the many perspectives which are emerging about the challenges, old and new, which we must gird our loins to tackle and transcend.

“I am convinced that my entry into the race to bear the standard of the APC will offer our members and Nigerians the opportunity to examine competing visions for national rebirth in the best interest of our country. Fayemi remarked.

With President Buhari being from the north of Nigeria, and with the appointment of Abdullahi Adamu as the National Chairman of the party also from Northern Nigeria, the APC seems to be tilting towards having a candidate from the Southern part of the country in the next Presidential Elections.

About 13 aspirants have so far joined the APC presidential race. Only one of the aspirants is from the North of Nigeria, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. Perhaps confirming the argument for the Southern candidate.

However, Southern Nigeria is also divided politically. Politicians from South-East Nigeria like Senator Rochas Okorocha, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajuba; and Governor David Umuahi of Ebonyi State all believed that the slot should be reserved for the region.

Other candidates from South-south like Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. and the latest on the list Godswill Akpabio also hold claims.

There are also interests from the South-west. The ones that have declared are Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigeria’s ruling party, the APC has received lots of condemnation for pegging the price for the Nomination Form for the presidency at ₦100 million. 

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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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