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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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Like Mali, Burkina Faso junta suspends France’s RFI radio over broadcast of militant speech

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West African country, Burkina Faso has gone the way of its neighbour Mali, as its ruling junta has suspended the broadcast of France’s RFI radio.

The suspension comes after what the junta said were false reports and giving voice to Islamist militants, a statement from the government said on Saturday.

According to a statement by the radio station, “RFI strongly deplores this decision and protests against the totally unfounded accusations calling into question its professionalism,” State-owned Radio France Internationale, usually referred to as RFI.

The statement added that the decision to suspend its broadcasting was made without prior notice and without the implementation of the procedures put in place by Burkina Faso’s communications regulator.

The ruling junta which came into power in a recent coup in September accused the RFI also repeated a press report – which it denied – that Burkina Faso’s President Captain Ibrahim Traore, who seized power in a coup in September, had said there had been an attempted coup trying to unseat him.

Burkina Faso’s neighbour Mali under military reign suspended broadcasts by French state-funded international news outlets RFI and France 24 amid accusations of reporting “false allegations”.

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Tunisian labour union, UGTT threatens political disruption as elections draws near

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As the North African country, Tunisia braces up for elections, labour union, UGTT has threatened not to disrupt proceedings under the current political arrangement.

UGTT attacked president Saied political and economic agenda on Saturday, including the elections scheduled for this month. The union said that it will no longer accept what it called a threat to democracy in its clearest challenge to him yet.

UGTT’s leader Noureddine Taboubi said in a speech to thousands of supporters, the union will ” no longer accept the current path because of its ambiguity and individual rule, and the unpleasant surprises it hides for the fate of the country and democracy.”

“We will not hesitate to defend rights and freedoms whatever the cost,” he added, in his strongest criticism yet of the president.

“We will not abide by secret agreements the government has with the International Monetary Fund and the workers will stand up to it,” Taboubi said.

Taboubi said the December election would “have no colour and taste” as a result of Saied’s constitution and that the vote lacked national unanimity.

President Kais Saied hinted that the country will not accept foreign observers for the planned elections for later this year.

There have been protests for and against president Saied’s approach to governance of the Tunisian public.

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