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Nigeria: Group of supporters purchases #45 million nomination form for Buhari.

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari will not have to pay a dime for party nomination forms because it has been paid for by a group of benevolent supporters, his aide on new media said on Wednesday.

Bashir Ahmed said the forms which cost 45 million naira ($130,000) had been purchased by “a group of good Nigerians.” He shared photos of the people who went to the party headquarters to secure Buhari’s expression of interest and nomination forms.



The septuagenarian earlier this year declared his intention to seek a second term on the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which brought him to power in 2015.

The cost of the forms has been seen as too expensive hence monetizing the political process but also locking out young people who cannot afford the amounts.

While the APC has almost doubled its fees from 2015, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have significantly reduced their fees.

  • APC presidential primaries: 27.5 million naira in 2015 to 45 million naira ($125,500) in 2018.

  • Governorship primaries: 22.5 million naira in 2018, up from 10 million naira last time round.

  • PDP presidential primaries: 22 million naira in 2015 to 12 million in 2018.

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  • Governorship primaries: 11 million naira to six million naira.

    Critics insist that the sums are still significant sums in a country of more than 180 million where some 87 million live in extreme poverty, according to the World Poverty Clock.

  • The APC has offered a half-price discount for women and the disabled, while the PDP has made forms free for female candidates, in a move designed to widen representation.

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Nigeria: Ogun State Governor Amosun swears in New Chief Judge.

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Monday swore in Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu as the new Chief Judge of the state.

The swearing was held during the state Executive Council meeting at the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.



Amosun, charged Dipeolu to carry out her duties without fear or favour.

He said, “This swearing in comes with a lot of huge responsibilities and more is demanded of you knowing the status of the state in Nigeria.”

He also urged her not to be unmindful of God’s grace on her life, saying that the office she occupies now is a great office in the legal profession in the state.

Responding, Dipeolu thanked the governor for believing in her and giving her the privilege and honour to serve the state in the capacity of the Chief Judge.

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She promised to discharge her duty without fear or favour, soliciting the continued support of the government to the judiciary.

“I will not disappoint the state, our forebears, my colleagues, I will not drop the ball and I will always keep the flag flying,” Dipolu promised.

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DR Congo: Beni residents protest angrily against killings in Ebola region.

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Anger and rage among residents of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over incessant killings in the Ebola plagued region.

On Sunday, angry mob ransacked buildings following an ADF attack that left at least 11 people dead and 15 abducted.

“Here in the Matete cell, the enemy arrived at night, killed and took children to the bush. Here, the rebels have looted goods including many people, mothers and children. The government must accept that it has failed. Everything has an end, let them resign “, said Kasero Vawere, a Beni resident.



We have only one wish, that the Congolese soldiers and the blue helmets are released from this region. They have done many wrong things.

If another group comes to our aid, whatever its source, provided we are safe, let our soldiers withdraw, for the moment we do not need them anymore”, said another Beni resident, Muhindo Mashauri.

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The toll could be higher because one resident said, he had seen bodies of two men in military uniform in the area where the attack happened.

Other angry residents burnt the post office building and a town hall building while others took to the streets to express their anger.

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President of the Civil Society, Beni Kizito Din-Hangi said no one had called for a protest, saying the demonstration was spontaneous.

Earlier, the UN Mission in the DRC (Monusco) said that the peacekeepers exchanged fire on Saturday night with suspected rebels in Beni.

Since October 2014, the city and territory of Beni have been the target of a series of attacks attributed to Ugandan Muslim rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Hundreds of civilians were killed.

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