World Presidential in Togo: Agbéyomé Kodjo still contests the results

13:00  26 february  2020
13:00  26 february  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Presidential in Togo: Jean-Pierre Fabre and Agbéyomé Kodjo, two candidates of a divided opposition

 Presidential in Togo: Jean-Pierre Fabre and Agbéyomé Kodjo, two candidates of a divided opposition © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI Election poster of the opponent Jean-Pierre Fabre in Mango in the north of Togo, on February 15, 2020 Face outgoing President Faure Gnassingbé, whose victory for a fourth term on Saturday leaves hardly any suspense, Jean-Pierre Fabre, historic Togolese opposition candidate will have to face another adversary, former Prime Minister Agbéyomé Kodjo, who revealed during this campaign to be a credible outsider.

Agbeyomé Gabriel Messan Kodjo , candidate during the presidential election of February 22, 2020, disagreed with the instructions of the court this Thursday as he made his first media outing after his release the night of Friday and Saturday, April 25. Although he is prohibited from making any statement calling into question the results of the last presidential election, the former prime minister said that no one will be able to take away his conviction that he is the winner of the last presidential election in Togo . «How can you ban someone who thinks he’s the real winner of an election from talking about

Agbeyomé Kodjo still contests the results of the 2020 presidential election in Togo . The Togolese government’s request to issue an international arrest warrant against former prime minister Agbeyomé Kodjo remains unresolved. The opposition party leader seems to be free to travel to France where Prosecuted for “disturbances to public order” and “undermining the internal security of the state”, the Togolese politician Agbéyomé Kodjo has disappeared since last July, claiming he “feared for his life”. On July 16 2020, Togo ’s public prosecutor, Essolissam Poyodi, said an “international arrest warrant”

Agbéyomé Kodjo à Lomé, Togo, le 24 février 2020. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP Agbéyomé Kodjo in Lomé, Togo, February 24, 2020.

Agbéyomé Kodjo came second with 18.37% after the provisional results proclaimed Sunday night by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He still does not recognize this result. This Tuesday, it was his main support, Mgr Philippe Kpodzro, who stepped up to the plate.

With our correspondent in Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbé

Sitting next to his candidate Gabriel Agbéyomé Kodjo, Mgr Philippe Kpodzro declares that he is determined not to let the victory of the people fly. The prelate calls the provisional results of Ceni "farce" and "comedy", and launches an appeal to the population: "Let us make a big demonstration. Don't be afraid of guns, wake up and show our willingness to change.

Presidential election in Togo: final preparations before the February 22 poll

 Presidential election in Togo: final preparations before the February 22 poll © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP An electoral officer holds a ballot paper for the presidential election which will take place on February 22, 2020 in Togo. In Togo, as the campaign ended Thursday, February 20 in the evening and three days before the presidential election, the candidates continued to meet the populations. First highlight this Wednesday with the advance vote of the police and security. They are the first to go to the polls, as is the tradition in Togo.

Agbéyomé Kodjo , a former Prime Minister leading the opposition Organisation to Build a United Togo (OBUTS), submitted his candidacy to CENI on 14 January 2010. Although the deadline for the submission of candidacies was 15 January, Kodjo was the first person to formally submit his On that occasion, he said that "the campaign has been exemplary for all candidates" and expressed certainty that the results would match the will of the people. He urged everyone in Togo to respect the results .[47]. During the campaign, the RPT distributed rice at a cost far below market value ("Faure

Togo President Faure Gnassingbe's party won most seats in parliamentary elections, according to provisional results on Monday, in polls overshadowed by pre-ballot clashes and an opposition boycott. The home of a key Togo opposition candidate was surrounded by security forces just hours after polls closed Saturday in elections widely expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power. Troops could be seen outside the house of Agbeyome Kodjo , considered an important challenger in the…

The former Archbishop of Lomé called on people to take to the streets on Friday for a big demonstration.

Appeal to the Constitutional Court

The electoral period is behind us, the vote took place on February 22, the provisional results were proclaimed by the Ceni and therefore we are in an ordinary period, indicates Gilbert Bawara, Minister of the Civil Service: "All demonstrations in public places must scrupulously be part of the regime of public peaceful demonstrations. And no one is supposed to ignore the law. Both Mr. Agbéyomé Kodjo and the Archbishop Emeritus know the regime for public demonstrations.

Gabriel Agbéyomé Kodjo and his team have announced that they will file their appeal with the Constitutional Court this Tuesday evening. An approach, specifies a source close to the team, for the principle and for the story.

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