Guinea: President Conde,Tinubu’s Friend,Persecutes Fulani Dominated Opposition
*ECOWAS Turns Blind Eye
*Opposition Threatens to Distrupt February Polls
*President Insists on Third Term
President Alpha Conde of Guinea is repressing political opposition in his country over his bid to amend the constitution for third term.
The interesting thing about the emerging crisis in that country is that the Fulanis are the single largest ethnic group which also dominates the political opposition in the country.
President Conde however got elected after long years in the opposition almost ten years ago through the active sponsorship of the National Leader of APC,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Today in his bid to remain in power,he has reportedly turned state power against the opposition led by a Fulani man,Dallien Diallo.
Meanwhile ,the political opposition in the West African nation of Guinea, denouncing the efforts of President Alpha Condé to seek a third term, has appealed to the African Union to intervene before Condé is successful at what they are calling a constitutional coup.
The National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) also appealed to the 15-nation regional body ECOWAS “to intervene before chaos sets in.” Their messages come in a statement that followed Condé’s announcement last week that he will, in fact, seek a constitutional change that would allow him to run again.
The president’s decision followed a months-long process that saw increased political violence with some incidents leading to fatalities, and a crackdown on opposition leaders and their followers. The FNDC said Condé, as well as National Assembly leaders and Guinean justices, have abandoned the nation and left its institutions illegitimate.
“From this day on, the FNDC, which fights tirelessly to defend democratic principles and preserve peace and stability in the country and in the sub-region, calls on all Guineans to remain mobilized and to show firmness in all the resistance actions that will be announced in the coming days,” said the party.
The next protest march is scheduled for Thursday, so that those celebrating the Christmas holiday can do so before another round of actions begin. The FNDC also appealed to the country’s security forces to remain on the side of their fellow citizens and “not to give in to the manipulation of a failed power.”
in a related development,opposition in the West African state of Guinea vowed Monday to boycott legislative elections set for February 16 and “prevent” them from taking place, in a dispute focussed on the country’s electoral roll.
“We have decided we cannot take part,” opposition chief Cellou Dalein Diallo said after meeting with the heads of around 20 opposition groups.
“It’s not just a question of boycotting the elections and standing idly by. We will prevent these elections from taking place,” he said.
Diallo charged that there had been “massive inclusion of minors” on the electoral lists, while people who had the right to vote had been blocked.
“We cannot accept having an election based on this electoral roll,” Diallo said.
Fellow opposition leader Etienne Soropogui, said: “We took an important decision today, which consists of no longer (running against President) Alpha Conde so long as we do not have the conditions for free and transparent elections.”
Guinea has been wracked by rolling demonstrations sparked by concerns that Conde, 81, plans to stay in office beyond the two legally mandated two terms.
Conde has not yet confirmed whether he plans to run again.
But his announcement last week of a new draft constitution sparked a fresh wave of accusations that he was scheming to extend his rule.
A nationwide protest is set for Friday.
About 20 people have died since the protests began in mid-October, according to an AFP tally, and one gendarme has also been killed.
Hundreds of people have been arrested. Civil rights campaigners say the police have used excessive force and carried out arbitrary arrests.
Guinea is one of the world’s poorest countries, despite owning huge mineral resources.
Conde, who was jailed and spent time in exile under Guinea’s previous authoritarian regimes, became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2010.
He was re-elected in 2015.
Despite initial hopes of a new political dawn in the country, critics say his rule has become increasingly authoritarian.