Daily Watch – Adeleke victory affirmed, 20 remains found in east DRC

10th May 2023

Suspected Fulani militias on Tuesday attacked Runji village in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing a member of the village identified as Danladi Duduk. A community leader in Runji, Koniyan Ben, told the news site Daily Post that the fresh attack carried out in the afternoon resulted in the murder of the victim, whose residence was close to the Anglican Church in the community. Three weeks ago, suspected Fulani militia killed at least 33 people and destroyed 40 houses in the same community in one of the deadliest attacks of the year.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the validly elected Governor of Osun State. The apex court, in its lead judgement delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, dismissed an appeal lodged against Adeleke’s election victory by Adegboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). It held that though Oyetola alleged that Adeleke won through over-voting that occurred in 774 polling units in the state, he failed to produce any Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS), a machine that was used in any of the polling units to prove his allegation.

Ghana’s National Democratic Congress’ presidential aspirant, Dr Kwabena Duffour has filed a suit against the party following what he says are some discrepancies his team has identified in the party’s voters register to be used for the primaries. In a writ filed at an Accra High Court, Dr Duffour indicated that the party failed to provide the required photo album register five weeks ahead of the elections as stated in the party’s rules. He said a partial photo album register was given to his team on 4 May, a few days ahead of the elections rather than in March when they had submitted a request for one. He is asking the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to restrain the party and sued persons – General Secretary, Election Director, co-contestants John Mahama and Kojo Bonsu, and the Electoral Commission – from holding the elections scheduled for 13 May.

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the remains of at least 20 people had been found in North Kivu during the weekend. The remains were discovered in an area that was under the control of the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel militia with links to the Islamic State group and had been retaken by the Congolese army this year. Residents of Ndoma and other villages located nearby alerted the authorities that they had found bones and clothes in the field, in an area normally used for planting cocoa. In a related development, southern African countries agreed to deploy forces to help quell violence in the eastern DRC at a special summit of the 16-bloc Southern African Development Community in the Namibian capital Windhoek.