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Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo wins second term by slim margin

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The Ghanaian electoral commission on Wednesday declared incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo the winner of the country’s presidential election.

Seventy-six-year-old Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) beat his opponent and predecessor John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with 51.59 per cent of the votes.

More than 13 million ballots were cast out of a total electorate of 17 million and across 38,000 polling stations throughout the country. Voters also chose 275 lawmakers for the national parliament.

Five people were reportedly killed during the election just as the process was mired by accusations of fraud before the official results were released.

But Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana Jean Adukwei Mensa commended the commission’s workers for operating the smooth conduct of the poll.

Although the results of one constituency remained disputed, Mensa said that even if all remaining votes went for Mahama, it would not change the overall outcome.

Specifically, Akufo-Addo scored 6,730,413 or 51.59 per cent of total votes while Mahama received 6,214,889 or 47.36 per cent of total votes.

Mensa said, “On the basis of the foregoing election results and by the powers vested in me as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the interim officer of the election, it is my duty and honour to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as president-elect of the Republic of Ghana.”

But Mahama on Tuesday accused Akufo-Addo of showing “credentials that are very undemocratic” and harnessing the military to sway the outcome.

“You cannot use the military to try and overturn some of the results in constituencies that we have won. We will resist any attempts to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people,” the 62-year-old former president said.

Akufo-Addo and Mahama had on Friday signed a peace pact.

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Buhari, British prime minister meet, discuss insecurity in Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday appraised the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria, and agreed that the judicial process be allowed to run its course.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement on Thursday evening.

Adesina said the two leaders held a bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London where they agreed that it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.

According to Buhari’s spokesman, the president briefed the Prime Minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security in Nigeria.

President Buhari also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, as PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to help Nigeria curb the deteriorating security situations.

PM Johnson said, “We are available to help.”

The two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, leadership of the Commonwealth going forward and other matters of mutual interest.

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Appeal Court Declares Jerigbe Senator For Cross River North

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The Court of Appeal in Calabar has declared Hon. Jerigbe Agom Jerigbe the duly elected Senator for Cross River North.

 

It declared him the lawful candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in the December 5, 2020 By-election for the seat.

 

The three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu also invalidated the certificate of return earlier issued to Steven Odey by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and directed it should be withdrawn.

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PDP leadership: Wike, Atiku reconcile ahead of 2023 poll

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The crisis rocking the People Democratic Party, PDP may soon be over as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has received ex-Vice President and former Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday.
Both men had been at loggerheads over control of the party. It was rumoured that Wike was scheming to maintain control of the party’s structure in order to the pave way for his friend, Aminu Tambuwal, to win the party ticket in 2023.
Atiku was said to have been resisting such moves. The development even led to a rift between Wike and the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.

However, with Tuesday’s meeting in Port-Harcourt, all those differences seem to have been set aside.
According to a source privy to the meeting, Wike said, “If Atiku can manage and unite his Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba wives, he will surely unite Nigeria.”

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