Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba has again expressed readiness to meet with opposition leaders to sustain peace after the post-election violence.
The president’s spokesperson, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nzé, announced that Ali Bongo wants to meet with them to avoid further deaths.
“President Bongo is ready to meet all candidates in the last presidential election, including Ping, so that no more Gabonese dies in the claim for democracy which the law is in place to resolve,” the spokesperson said on Tuesday night on state television.
President Bongo is ready to meet all candidates in the last presidential election, including Ping, so that no more Gabonese dies in the claim for democracy which the law is in place to resolve.
He also condemned calls for violence which he describes as “irresponsible”.
“These calls for political violence have never been seen in our country. Promising instability if the Court’s ruling is not favorable,” Bilie-By-Nzé claimed.
“The motive of these people is to get more victims, as if the death toll already registered and the grief faced by many Gabonese families are not enough,” he added.
The main opposition candidate, former AU Chairperson, Jean Ping, has applied to the Constitutional Court to authorise a recount in a province where President Ali Bongo won 95 percent of the votes on a 99.9 percent turnout.
He has openly proclaimed that if there is no recount of votes, the country will face “profound and sustained instability”.
The court is expected to deliver its verdict by Friday, September 23.
Jean Ping lost the August 27 election by less than 6,000 votes.
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Nigeria: Residents Cry For Help After Ilorin Flood
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin, Kwara state, complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were troubled by heavy downpour.
According to reports, the area experienced a heavy downpour around 4pm on Wednesday which lasted for about three hours.
One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his siting room and kitchen.
“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such terrible occurrence.
“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to swimming pool. I am confused,”
Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.
“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.
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