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Gambia President, Adama Barrow Wins Re-election

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The Gambia’s President, Adama Barrow has easily won re-election, authorities there said, in the first vote for decades held without long-term leader Yahya Jammeh, bbc.com reported.

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Gambia President, Adama Barrow Wins Re-election

President Barrow received around 53% of Saturday’s vote, with nearest rival – a lawyer, Ousainou Darboe – on 28%.

Mr Darboe and other candidates earlier said they could not accept the results of the poll.

The vote is being seen as a test for democracy in the country.

In the last election, Mr Barrow defeated Yahya Jammeh, who now lives in exile after refusing to accept the result.

Mr Jammeh’s 22-year rule was marked by allegations of abuse, with witnesses recently telling a truth commission about state-backed execution squads and Aids patients being forced to take bogus cures.

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Despite his exile, Mr Jammeh remains an influential figure, addressing supporters remotely during campaigning and urging them not to vote for Mr Barrow.

Adama Barrow is a successful property developer who once worked as a security guard in London. He sprung a major surprise in defeating Mr Jammeh during the last vote in 2017.

As news emerged of Mr Barrow’s win, his supporters started celebrating in the streets, while supporters of his closest rival, Mr Darboe, gathered at his house.

Addressing supporters during a victory speech in the capital Banjul, Mr Barrow called for unity between the country’s political factions.

“I call on all Gambians, irrespective of your political divide, to put aside our political and other differences and come together as one people to work towards the development of our country,” he said.

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Mr Darboe and two other candidates – Mama Kandeh and Essa Mbye Faal – issued a joint statement before the final result was declared, questioning the figures.

They said they were concerned at delays and that their party agents had raised a number of issues.

Illiteracy is high in The Gambia so a unique voting system involving marbles was used. On arrival at a polling station, and after their ID has been verified, a voter will be directed to a series of drums painted in the party colours of the different candidates. Voters then slot their marbles into the drum of their choice.

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The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest countries and the 2.4m nation is among the poorest in the world. Its economy depends heavily on tourism but it has been hit by coronavirus.

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Thousands rally in Abuja as Peter Obi’s campaign ramps up momentum across Nigeria

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Thousands of Nigerians trooped out on Saturday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to demonstrate their support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Mr Obi’s supporters are currently marching fromUnity Fountain to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium and subsequently City Gate in the country’s capital Abuja.

Some prominent public figures that featured in the rally being held on September 24 in the FCT include Ken Asogwa and human rights lawyer Abdul Mahmud.

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Since clinching the Labour Party’s presidential ticket, Mr Obi’s support groups have organised marches in several states across the country.

Amidst the growing momentum for Mr Obi’s presidential bid, the political establishment across party lines has tried to undermine possible results, with many insinuating that the newly reawakened worker’s party does not have the “structure” to win at the polls.

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Buhari told Tinubu to remove Osinbajo’s name from APC campaign council: Keyamo

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Festus Keyamo has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari directed that his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, should not be included in the APC presidential campaign council.

This followed reactions that triggered the absence of Mr Osinbajo from the list of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign council.

The vice-president contested the ticket of the All Progressives Congress presidential primary in June against Mr Tinubu, who is presumed to be his political benefactor.

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government,” Mr Keyamo said.

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The junior labour minister in the Buhari-led regime, who also doubles as the spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign council, revealed this in a statement Saturday.

On Friday, the APC released a list of 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign.

In the list sighted by Peoples Gazette, Mr Buhari is expected to head the campaign council. Mr Osinbajo was the only high-profile member of the ruling APC not listed.

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In an attempt to justify the controversial list with the non-inclusion of Mr Osinbajo, Mr Keyamo explained that it would be wrong for all the key functionaries of government in the Buhari regime to abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs,” Mr Keyamo added.

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, has appointed Femi Fani-Kayode to the Presidential Campaign Council.

Fani-Kayode was named the Director, New Media of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the complete list released by the campaign council late Friday.

Bashir Ahmad has been appointed the Deputy Director, New Media to the presidential council.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council has 422 members who will champion the campaign for the election of Tinubu as president net year.

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The Campaign Council has President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman, while the APC’s Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the Deputy Chairman.

In the list, while Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong is the Director General of the council, former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole is the Deputy Director General.

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While APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu is the Deputy Chairman II, Senator Kashim Shettima is the Vice Chairman of the council.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has been included in the list as Director, Election Planning and Monitoring.

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