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Nigeria’s ex-president, Jonathan rejects interest form, says he is not a member of ruling APC

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The drama continues in Nigeria, as former President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected the nomination and expression of interest forms that a group bought for him.

Slamreportsafrica.com reported yesterday that a group under the aegis of ‘Fulani group’ has purchased the N100 million nomination and expression of interest forms for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

The ex-president made the rejection in a statement issued on his behalf hours after news of the form purchase went viral, Jonathan said he did not know those behind it.

“The Attention of the Office of former President Goodluck Jonathan has been drawn to the purported purchase of the Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest form, of the All Progressives Congress APC, in his name, by a group named “FULANI GROUP “

“We wish to inform the General Public, particularly Nigerians, that Dr Goodluck Jonathan has no knowledge whatsoever of the personalities behind the purported purchase of the form, in his name, and does not have any relationship with the association.

The statement also cleared the doubt about Jonathan’s political party membership. The statement emphasized that “…at the moment, Dr Goodluck Jonathan is not a member of the APC and therefore could not have accepted such a gesture, from those behind the move.

“The general public is hereby urged to disregard the action of the group, as it has no consent nor approval from Dr Goodluck Jonathan.”

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.

More than 20 aspirants have so far joined the APC presidential race. Meanwhile, the party has received lots of condemnation for pegging the price for the Nomination Form for the presidency at ₦100 million. 

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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Senegal’s opposition leader calls for nationwide mega protest on June 29

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Despite clashes between government security forces and anti-government protesters which led to the death of three people last week, Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for a fresh demonstration to be held on June 29.

Sonko who came third in the last presidential election in the country and has a large followership made up of mainly youths, had also called on citizens to bang pots and pans in protest on Wednesday which was a huge success, prompting in his call for the July 29 showdown.

“On the 29th of July, with or without authorization, we are going to organize our demonstration,” Sonko, a leader of the PASTEF party said in a press conference on Friday.

“If President Macky Sall wants to prevent this affair, he should be ready to arrest us or terminate us.

“Let the whole of Senegal rumble and let Macky Sall understand that the Senegalese people do not agree with his dictatorial designs or his ill-fated plan for a third term,” Sonko added.

Though the police has banned protests in the West African country citing risk of unrest, Sonko and other opposition figures have called on citizens to come out enmasse for the demonstration.

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