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Osinbajo Returns to Abuja After Meeting With Buhari

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo arrived Abuja at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, the British capital Tuesday evening.

Osinbajo had departed for London Tuesday afternoon to meet with the president, 65 days after the latter left the country to get treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The acting president, whose trip was announced by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, in a tweet Tuesday night, was scheduled to return to the country immediately after the meeting.

“AgP Osinbajo meeting with President Buhari in London today, and returning to Abuja immediately afterwards,” Akande tweeted.

A Reuters report said that Osinbajo was seen entering Abuja House, the Nigerian High Commission, in the Campden Hill area of the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. He did not make any comment as he entered the building.

Immediately after his meeting with Buhari, the acting president, presidency sources further disclosed, departed Abuja House for Stansted Airport, London, where his plane was scheduled to depart London at 11.30 p.m. Tuesday.

The presidency sources said that other top-ranking officials who were in London at the time of Osinbajo’s flying visit included the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, who was attending a course in the British capital, and the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

It is unlikely any of them was present during the meeting between the president and his deputy.

Information about Osinbajo’s trip to London had circulated all day at the Presidential Villa Tuesday, but State House correspondents were hesitant to report it because there was no official confirmation of the trip.

Attempts to confirm it hit a brick wall, as his aides kept denying the trip, saying it was untrue.

However, pointers that the information was true were evident in the desolation evident in the acting president’s wing, which had been bustling with activities Tuesday morning.

Before his departure, the acting president had presided over the quarterly business forum, which had members of the cabinet and the organised private sector in attendance.

It is believed that Osinbajo’s trip was not by his own design and might have been at the instance of the president to discuss the myriad of challenges confronting the acting president in the course of discharging the functions of his office.

Most notable of the challenges that have confronted Osinbajo in Buhari’s absence were the threats by some Northern youths to evict residents of Igbo extraction from the North by October 1 and the continuing agitation by Biafra agitators for the breakup of Nigeria.

Also, the threat by the Senate to stop further confirmation of presidential nominees, following the failure by the executive to remove the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, who had been rejected twice by the Red Chamber, has widened the rift between both arms of government.

Since Buhari’s departure more than two months ago, nothing has been heard of the president.

Tuesday was the first time Osinbajo officially met with Buhari since he travelled to the UK for medical treatment for the second time this year.

His wife, Aisha, who is with him in London, on Monday had alluded to his recovery and possible return when she said in a Facebook post: “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom.”

A presidency source also confirmed Tuesday that the president was recovering from his illness, but could not give a date on his return to the country.

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Vice-President Harris Gathers Momentum as Democratic Nominee

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Vice-President Kamala Harris has secured the support needed to become the Democratic nominee for president.

This was after President Joe Biden announced he would not seek re-election, endorsing Harris as his successor.

According to CBS News, Harris has received endorsements from over 1,976 delegates, surpassing the threshold needed to clinch the nomination in the first round of voting at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) scheduled for August.

Delegations from at least 27 states have expressed full support, showcasing a strong backing across the nation.

In her address to campaign staff in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris expressed gratitude for the widespread support, adding that she committed to uniting the party and the country.

“We have 106 days until Election Day, and in that time, we have some hard work to do,” she stated.

Harris laid out her vision for America, contrasting it with that of her likely opponent, Donald Trump.

Speaking on the direction of the campaign thus far, she said “Our campaign has always been about two different versions of what we see as the future of our country. One focuses on the future, the other focuses on the past.”

She acknowledged the accomplishments of the Biden administration, highlighting her pride in serving as vice-president.

“My time serving as vice-president was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Harris said, underscoring her dedication to continuing the work they started.

In a phone call to his campaign team, Biden praised Harris, urging his supporters to rally behind her. “I’m hoping you’ll give every bit of your heart and soul that you gave to me to Kamala,” he said.

Despite stepping back from the race, Biden vowed to remain actively involved in supporting Harris and emphasized the importance of defeating Trump, calling him “a danger to this nation.”

Harris’s nomination marks a significant milestone, but challenges remain. The campaign will focus on addressing key issues such as healthcare, climate change, and economic inequality.

With millions of dollars pouring into her campaign since Biden’s announcement, Harris aims to capitalize on the momentum and build a coalition that appeals to a broad spectrum of voters.

As the DNC approaches, Harris is expected to formally accept the nomination, solidifying her position as the Democratic leader.

The coming months will be crucial as she works to unite the party and reach out to undecided voters. With her historic nomination, Harris stands poised to make a lasting impact on the future of American politics.

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President Declines Nomination, Endorses Harris for 2024

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In a significant political announcement on his X.com account, President Joe Biden has decided to forgo the opportunity to seek re-election in 2024, instead throwing his full support behind Vice President Kamala Harris.

The surprise move, shared with the public this morning, represents a pivotal moment in the Democratic Party’s journey toward the upcoming presidential election.

In his statement, Biden said that his choice to step aside is driven by a desire to concentrate on his remaining duties as President.

He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve alongside Harris, calling her selection as his Vice President in 2020 “the best decision” he has made. “My fellow Democrats,” Biden began, “I have decided not to accept the nomination and to focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term.”

The President’s announcement signifies a strategic shift in the 2024 election landscape. By endorsing Kamala Harris, Biden not only aims to consolidate support within the party but also to set the stage for a unified front against former President Donald Trump.

“Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year,” Biden declared. “Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

This endorsement comes as a surprise to many, given Biden’s earlier commitment to seeking re-election.

However, it reflects a broader strategic maneuver to ensure party unity and strengthen the Democratic position in the face of a formidable opponent. By focusing on Harris, Biden aims to leverage her growing popularity and political acumen to fortify the party’s chances in the upcoming election.

Kamala Harris, who has served as Vice President since January 2021, will now be thrust into the spotlight as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Her campaign is expected to build on the legacy of the current administration while addressing key issues facing the nation.

The move also raises the stakes for the Republicans, who will need to prepare for a robust campaign from a seasoned political leader in Harris.

As the 2024 election cycle ramps up, Biden’s endorsement is likely to reshape the dynamics of the race, influencing both Democratic strategies and Republican responses.

The coming months will be critical as Harris and her team work to solidify their platform and rally support from voters across the nation.

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Kagame Dominates Election with 99.15% of Votes Counted

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President Paul Kagame has taken a commanding lead in the Rwandan presidential election, securing 99.15% of the votes counted thus far, according to the National Electoral Commission.

The provisional results, reported by the state broadcaster Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, indicate a decisive victory for the Rwandan Patriotic Front candidate.

With 79% of the ballots tallied, Kagame’s overwhelming lead leaves his opponents trailing significantly.

Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has garnered only 0.53% of the votes, while independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana has received 0.32%.

The voter turnout has been reported at an impressive 98%, underscoring the high level of public engagement in the electoral process.

The early results suggest a strong mandate for Kagame, who has been at the helm of Rwandan politics since 2000.

Kagame’s administration has been marked by significant economic growth and development, but it has also faced criticism for its stance on political dissent and freedom of expression.

Despite this, Kagame remains a highly popular figure in Rwanda, with many citizens crediting him for the country’s stability and progress.

The National Electoral Commission is expected to release the final results in the coming days. As the tallying continues, Kagame’s supporters have already begun celebrating his anticipated victory.

Analysts believe that Kagame’s likely re-election will provide continuity in Rwanda’s economic policies and development programs.

However, they also call for more inclusive governance and respect for political freedoms to ensure long-term stability and growth.

Kagame’s near-unanimous support in the early results reflects his entrenched position in Rwandan politics.

His ability to maintain such high levels of support will be a focal point of discussion in the aftermath of the election.

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