The political tension in the Republic of Benin is gradually mounting up as the opposition political figures are calling for the resignation of President Patrice Talon from office for breaching that country’s constitution, brutalizing protesters and entertaining terrorists.
A recent parliamentary elections in the country sparked off anti-government protests in the capital Cotonou following the disqualification of opposition political parties in the contest due to an impossible criteria set by the country’s electoral body through a new law.
Security forces allegedly fired live arms to disperse the crowd of protesters where there were some reported casualties and fatal injuries.
A former Presidential candidate and leader of the Alliance for New Congress (ANC), Dr. Prosper Ladislas Agbesi, has given a 90 day ultimatum to the President to step down from office or face the wrath of the people and the international community.
Speaking in an interview with the media, Dr. Agbesi who also doubles as the Chairman for the Alliance for Democratic Governance in Africa, said the recent machination by the President and his government to disqualify all opposition political parties from contesting the recent parliamentary elections is an affront to Democracy and the rule of law.
He observed that, “Currently, the country’s parliament is made up of only the president’s party because no opposition party was able to meet the criteria for the parliamentary elections.”
He wants ECOWAS to intervene quickly to form a Government of National Unity to put an end to the undemocratic rule of President Talon who is three years into his administration having won the 2016 elections.
He also wants the United Nations and the European Union and other international bodies to place economic sanctions on his regime in order to force him out of office for his undemocratic tendencies and alleged association with terrorist organizations who want to destabilize the West African sub region.
“He is using our ports to do terrorism in Africa and also he wants to stay in power for our oil. If we don’t take the country from him, our country will become a home for terrorist. That’s why we need to push the international community to sanction him to take the country away from him,” he indicated.
According to him, the President’s unconstitutional acts, association with terrorist, and his tendency to lead the country into a genocide since he has proven to be a representation of war, are grounds for the removal of the president according to the country’s constitution.
“Ecowas and UN should do something quickly because we don’t want our country to become a hub for terrorist,” he said.
In Dr. Agbesi’s view, the protests so far have demonstrated that President Patrice Talon doesn’t have the support of the people. He alleged that over 90% of the people are against him and therefore the most honorable thing he can do is to resign for someone who has the confidence of the people to take over.
He assured that he was well connected enough to mobilize resources for the organization of a fresh elections in the country therefore ECOWAS and the rest of the international community should not recognize the government of President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin.
He said, “We will make him leave in six months. I have the capacity to raise the capital to organize a new elections for the country. There is terror in the country and ECOWAS must do something”.
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com