Os­in­bajo: Why AU failed to elect new leader

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Osin­najo said the African Union could not elect a new leader on Mon­day as mem­ber-states wanted to see a fresh set of can­di­dates or ad­di­tional ones to those ear­lier nom­i­nated.

Os­in­bajo, who rep­re­sented Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the AU sum­mit held in Kigali, Rwanda, how­ever, said he was pleased with the process which, ac­cord­ing to him, went very well as the rules were fol­lowed and mem­ber-states’ wishes re­flected.

His spokesman, Laolu Akande, yesterday quoted him thus: “The out­come is a fair con­clu­sion, and it’s very clear that mem­ber-states would like to see fresh elec­tions, would like to see pos­si­bly a fresh set of can­di­dates or at least ad­di­tional can­di­dates to those who have al­ready been nom­i­nated, he said this af­ter the botched elec­tion.

“The ex­ten­sion of the elec­tion is clearly the prod­uct of the rules and the way the rules were in­ter­preted. Why the elec­tion ended the way it did was be­cause many mem­bers ob­vi­ously felt the need for a fresh look at can­di­dates and pos­si­bly have a few oth­ers.”

The vice pres­i­dent also said Nige­ria had sug­gested the post­pone­ment of the elec­tion to next Jan­uary.

Os­in­bajo said the sum­mit lauded the Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­grammes, es­pe­cially the N500bn So­cial In­ter­ven­tion Pro­gramme.

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