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Nigeria News!!!Despite Tinubu’s rejection of primary, Buhari urges Ondo voters to support Akeredolu.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday formally presented Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo voters ahead of next weekend’s governorship election, declaring that the controversial primary that produced him was credible and transparent.

The President, whose presence at the All Progressives Congress’ campaign rally attracted a huge crowd, appreciated the party leadership for ensuring transparency during the primary which held on September 3 in Akure.

“We thank the party for conducting a transparent primary election which produced the candidate,” the president said.

“I can assure you, on Saturday we are going to win God willing.”

He raised the hand of Rotimi Akeredolu, urging the people of Ondo State to vote massively for him on Saturday.

The president’s assertion negates the opinion of aggrieved members of the party who protested the outcome of the primary after alleging irregularities.

The APC appeals committee had also invalidated the primaries, alleging irregularity.

But the APC National Working Committee led by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun ignored the appeals committee and validated Mr. Akeredolu’s election.

The decision of the NWC created apathy among supporters of Ajayi Boroffice and Olusegun Abraham,

top contenders at the primary; while another aspirant, Olusola Oke, left the party for Alliance for Democracy, AD, after the issues were unresolved.

The aggrieved candidates described the choice of Mr. Akeredolu as lacking in transparency and democratic principles.

A national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who publicly expressed his displeasure over the choice of Mr. Akeredolu, failed to attend an earlier campaign rally and was not also present on Saturday along with his allies, Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwumi Ambode of Osun and Lagos respectively.

Mr. Tinubu and his allies in the south-west are said to be subtly backing Mr. Oke, whose recently revived Alliance for Democracy is gathering a lot of support across the state.

The absence of the aggrieved south-west APC leaders did not, however, deter the attendees at the rally from rallying support for the candidate.

The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, while speaking at the rally, said efforts were made to stop Mr. Akeredolu from emerging as candidate, but that the primary turned out in his favour.

“I want to tell you that we tried to stop Akredolu from emerging as the candidate, but because God’s hand was on him, he emerged,” he said.

“So what God has done, no one can put down.”

The Imo State Governor also called on the people of the state to ensure that Ondo becomes an APC state in order to attract direct developmental impact from the federal government.

While trying to justify the absence of Messrs. Tinubu, Aregbesola and Ambode, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Abayomi Adesanya, said it was not possible to have all the 23 APC governors in Akure all at one.

He claimed that Mr. Tinubu and the absentee governors were not opposed to Mr. Akeredolu.

“If we have the President here, we have all the party leaders already,” he said.

“If we have the President, the Vice President, the national leader and all the 23 governors in Akure at once, then we will ground the entire country.

“Nothing will work and the country will be at a standstill if we have everybody here.”

Mr. Adesanya said he was not aware if the absentee leaders wrote or gave any reasons for their absence.

The Chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke, on his part, said the party was “united and indivisible.”

He assured that with that unity, the party would deliver the state to APC next week Saturday.

Efforts to get formal reactions from Messrs. Tinubu and Aregbesola were not fruitful as their aides could not be reached on telephone at the time of this report.

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Hong kong unrest worsens

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Hundreds of mask-wearing pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong’s central business district on Friday, occupying a main thoroughfare and disrupting traffic as the Chinese-ruled city braced for another weekend of unrest.

Chanting their core demands, the crowd occupied the district at lunchtime before peacefully dispersing.

Hong Kong’s metro operator opened all stations for the first time in a week ahead of more planned anti-government protests, while the city’s legislature began its first session since protesters stormed the building in July.

Pro-establishment and democratic lawmakers shouted at each other before the session, underscoring the tension and divisions in Hong Kong after four months of often violent anti-China protests.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam invoked British colonial-era emergency laws last Friday and banned the wearing of face masks which protesters have used to shield their identities.

The protests have plunged the city, an Asian financial hub, into its worst crisis since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, posing the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

What began as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill has evolved into a pro-democracy movement fanned by fears that China is stifling Hong Kong’s freedoms, guaranteed under a “one country, two systems” formula introduced in 1997.

China denies the accusations and says fore1ign countries, including Britain and the United States, are fomenting unrest.

The Chinese embassy in Bangkok on Friaday condemned Thai politicians for showing support for Hong Kong activists.

“This is wrong and irresponsible. China hopes that relevant people will understand the truth about problems in Hong Kong, act carefully and do useful things for the friendship between China and Thailand,” the embassy said in a statement.

Ninety people have been arrested for anti-mask law violations in the past week, pushing the total number of arrests since June to more than 2,300, police said on Friday. Many of those arrested are under 16, authorities said.

Police said they were investigating four reports of blackmail involving emails from a group claiming to be pro-democracy and threatening to target shops unless they fund protests via bitcoin.

“The intimidating messages even include videos of rioters inflicting extensive damage to shops over the past few weeks,” said acting police chief superintendent Kong Wing-cheung.

Protesters have targeted China banks and shops with links, or perceived links, to mainland China.

Many residents fear the emergency laws may be expanded, further eroding civil liberties, but the government said on Thursday it would not bring in any other measures.

Source: Reuters

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Sudan appoints first female chief justice

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For the first time a woman has been chosen as the chief justice in Sudan.

The Sovereign Council, which is made up of civilian and military officials, confirmed that Supreme Court judge Neemat Abdulllah would head the country’s judiciary.

Although only two of the 11-member Sovereign Council in charge of Sudan are women, this latest appointment is seen as a significant step towards addressing gender inequality.

Activists have been pushing for more female appointments, especially as so many women played a key role in the protests that led to the downfall of former President Omar al-Bashir.

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A first for Sudan, and most likely North Africa, a woman chief justice has been appointed to head the country’s judicial system and oversee the overhaul of the justice system. https://twitter.com/wasilalitaha/status/1182258234683469828 

Wasil Ali – واصل علي@wasilalitaha

BREAKING: A member of #Sudan sovereignty council officially confirms that they picked Neemat Abdulllah as the country’s Chief Justice. A first in Sudan & the Arab world for a female.

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