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Kenyan government yet to receive Raila Odinga withdrawal

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The Kenya’s electoral authorities on Wednesday announced that it is yet to receive an official notice that opposition leader Raila Odinga had quit the presidential race re-run set for October 26, so regarded all original candidates as still on the slate.

Kenya’s Supreme Court last month annulled an apparent victory by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in August polls, citing widespread counting irregularities and mismanagement by election officials, calling for a re-run within 60 days.

Then on Tuesday, Kenyatta’s main challenger Odinga plunged the country into uncharted waters by saying he was pulling out, accusing the election commission of failing to deliver vital reforms.

In its statement on Wednesday, the IEBC said its position was that the new vote “shall include all the eight candidates who participated in the 8th August (election)”.

Though the commission took note of a letter from Odinga and his running mate announcing their withdrawal, it said the men had not submitted the official form to do so.

“Once the commission receives the requisite notice from any of the candidates, it will process the same in accordance with the… law,” IEBC said.

Odinga says he is not giving up on standing entirely, but that withdrawing now is necessary to ensure a free and fair election.

The opposition view is that a 2013 ruling by the Supreme Court means if any candidate withdraws, the IEBC must conduct fresh poll nominations, beginning the whole process over again.

The commission said it understood the anxiety surrounding the electoral procedure — earlier, eight people were hurt after Kenyan police fired teargas in running battles with opposition protesters who burned tyres and lobbed stones.

“We appeal for calm and dialogue among all players to ensure that elections are successfully held and for the country to move forward,” the commission concluded.

Even so, it remained unclear whether, once Odinga’s withdrawal from the race is finalised, that would force the October 26 re-run to be scrapped or whether it would simply go ahead without him.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Tinubu Hails Protesters, Carpets Hoodlums, Pleads For Cessation

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Tinubu Hails Protesters, Carpets Hoodlums, Pleads For Cessation

Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has hailed young Nigerians for leading the #EndSARS protests across the nation against police brutality.

The APC National leader also commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying it showed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.

He, however, warned the protesters against creating a platform that would lead to the destruction of Nigeria’s democratic process.

Tinubu pointed out that protesters must not abuse their right of demonstration by impeding the country’s democratic rights.

Also Read: ‘#EndSARS One Of The Most Successful Protest In Nigeria’: Lai Mohammed

He, however, stated that the protesters must admit that President Muhammadu Buhari had “acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.”

He said it would only be fair for the youths to call off the protests and give the regime a chance to implement the reforms they had demanded.

Tinubu urged the youths to be careful not to fritter away the considerable gains they had made within a very short period with “lack of moderation and strategic thinking.”

He also condemned hoodlums who had begun to take advantage of the protests to perpetrate violence and disrupt civil life.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums Have Hijacked Edo Protest – Deputy Governor

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums Have Hijacked The Protest In Benin – Edo Deputy Governor
#EndSARS: Hoodlums Have Hijacked The Protest In Benin – Edo Deputy Governor

Philip Shaibu

Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has stated that hoodlums have hijacked the #EndSARS protest in Benin.

“Hoodlums actually have taken over the exercise,” Mr. Shaibu said.

The deputy governor’s statement comes following the jail break by hoodlums in Benin City, the state capital.

Also Read: #EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

Mr. Shaibu made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He revealed that many persons injured in the attack, he, however, could not confirm how many persons were killed.

He also stated that many inmates escaped from the prison, however, was not specific on how many.

He pleaded with the protesters to give the government a chance to implement the demands already made.

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‘#EndSARS One Of The Most Successful Protest In Nigeria’: Lai Mohammed

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'#EndSARS One Of The Most Successful Protest In Nigeria': Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the ongoing #EndSARS protests against police brutality as one of the most successful movements in Nigeria.

He noted that after the #EndSARS protest Nigerians will experience a better country where fundamental human rights will be respected.

Mohammed stated this while speaking at a Special NAN Forum on Monday in Abuja.

Also Read: Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari

He pointed out that the Federal Government would be able to act if the protesters end the protest and allow the Government to attend to their demands

The Minister expressed that the protest has been hijacked by hoodlums and people with a selfish motive to destabilise the country.

He said the government had started the process of unprecedented reform of the police and the entire internal security structure following the #EndSARS protest.

 

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