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Guinea president wins third term amidst violence

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Incumbent Alpha Conde of Guinea has won the country’s disputed presidential election with 59.5 per cent of the votes to secure a controversial third term, according to the election commission.

The announcement came after days of violence in the wake of the October 18 poll.

The opposition says 27 people have been killed, while officials have put the death toll at about 10, according to a report by Aljazeera.

The victory, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court, gives a third term in office to the 82-year-old after a bitterly fought election in which the opposition said Conde had no right to participate.

The President says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding on to power.

Results were announced in batches in recent days and already showed Conde with an unassailable lead, sparking street protests in opposition strongholds.

On Friday, the internet and international calling were cut off across Guinea.

Opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with 33.5 per cent of the votes, says he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the Constitutional Court.

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Updated: Ghana lead 3-2 Vs Korea, Cameroun bounce back in six-goal thriller

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Ghana are currently playing 3-2 against Korea in the ongoing FIFA World Cup competition in Qatar.

The second half of the match just kicked off but Ghana leading 2-0 at half time, went to sleep and conceded two goals within two minutes.

As of half time, Ghana has reportedly erupted in jubilation as if the game was over.

But the Koreans mounted pressure as the second half resumed and it paid off in the 57th and 59th minute with two quick goals.

Ghana score a third a few minutes later to make it 3-2.

Earlier, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon kept their hopes of making the last 16 of the World Cup alive on Monday after fighting back from two goals down to draw a thrilling Group G encounter with Serbia 3-3.

Both Ghana and Korea are looking for their first win, with South Korea drawing 0-0 against Uruguay last Thursday, and Ghana losing 3-2 to Portugal.

Both Uruguay and Portugal are highly fancied, and the two teams need a win to keep their hopes of the knock-out stages alive.

South Korea were the better side in the opening stages and dominated the game and territory.

In the Cameroon Vs Serbia match, the Rigobert Song’s team looked almost dead and buried after goals from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a 3-1 lead early in the second half.

But substitute Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting snatched a draw with two quick-fire strikes just after the hour mark to leave both Cameroon and Serbia on a single point, two behind group leaders Brazil and Switzerland.

Had they lost, Cameroon would have been relying on the Swiss beating Brazil in order to not be eliminated with a game to spare, but instead, the west Africans still have a chance of getting out of the group stage for the first time since 1990.

Cameroon have a tough task ahead as they play Brazil in their final match, which according to reports they will play without first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana who was dropped from the matchday squad just hours before kick-off following an unspecified disciplinary issue.

Media reports suggest that Onana has been sent home from the World Cup after a disagreement with Song, but that pre-match turmoil did not stop Cameroon from putting in a fighting display against a Serbia team who probably deserved to win on the balance of play.

The AFP reports that neither side could find a winner in an end-to-end finish to the game and their bids to make the knockouts will go down to the final game.

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24 hours after swearing-in, Adeleke dethrones three Osun monarchs

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Barely 24 hours after taking oath of office, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has dethroned three monarchs appointed by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Former Governor Oyetola has appointed several monarch few weeks before handing over government to Adeleke. These, including Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri, Aree of Iree, Oba Ademola Oluponle and Oba Adegboyega Famodun.

The former governor also approved the appointment of 30 permanent secretaries into the various ministries.

However, Adeleke in statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed about 24 hours after inauguration announced that the thrones of Akirun of Akirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo remain unoccupied pending the outcome of a Committee of Inquiry to review their appointments and subsequent installations.

According to the statement, the six Executive Orders issued by the governor which border on reversal of monarchs appointments, appointment and placement of civil servants, employment and freezing of government accounts were signed Monday morning and took immediate effect.

It stated, “All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after 17th July, 2022, are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies. In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review. Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.

“All employments in the service of Osun State Government made in any capacity into any capacity in all the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Commissions , Boards and Parastatals after July 17th, 2022 be and are hereby nullified.”

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Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge to have three tollgates, three bidders shortlisted

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Lagos State Government has shortlisted three bidders for the construction of the $2.5 billion Fourth Mainland Bridge project for the state.

The legacy bridge project will have three tollgates, according to the state government.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Public-Private Partnerships, Mr Ope George, said this while briefing newsmen in Ikeja.

He gave names of the three bidders shortlisted for the Request For Proposal, RFP Stage II as Mota-Engil (Nigeria and Africa) CCCC and CRBC consort; CGGC-CGC Joint Venture and CCECC and CRCCIG Consortium.

He said, “On completion, the bridge is expected to become the second longest in Africa, featuring three toll plazas, nine interchanges, a 4.5 kilometre Lagoon Bridge and an eco-friendly environment.

“The bridge is expected to span about 37 kilometres, starting from Abraham Adesanya in Ajah, on the Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe corridor and transverse from the North-West towards the lagoon shoreline of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via Owutu/Isawo in Ikorodu.”

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