ECOWAS leadership withdraws candidates for AU appointment to favor Buhari’s nominee

The bizarre decision of the leadership of ECOWAS to compromise their independent stakes to act on requests made by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has shocked many concerned Africans.

In a recent development, ECOWAS Heads of States have withdrawn their suggested candidates for the position of Commissioner for Peace and Security in the African Union to give way to a candidate nominated By President Buhari.

Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this to state house correspondents after a closed door virtual meeting of the Authority of Heads of States and Government.

The Minister added that, Nigeria will enjoy same privilege of being favored once again in the choice of a candidate for the Head of the African Union from the ECOWAS block.

Both ECOWAS and the African Union have so far not clarified what strategy informed such decision and evolving trend in the regional leadership but critics see the idea of sacrificing the candidature of others just to conform to some ‘dictated’ order as a threat to democracy as it kills the sense of competition, competence, fairness and equal opportunity which are requisites for selecting a good candidate.

News coming in from the camp of the Former Gambian Vice President, Fatoumata Jallow – Tambajang who was also vying for the Deputy Chair of the African Union have equally been asked to withdraw from the contest. Mrs. Fatoumata has been doing lot of campaign work for the AU Deputy chair position but allegedly withdrew after the request was made.

We will follow this development and bring you all the updates.

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