The duo of candidates of the party Forces Cauris pour un Bénin émergent (FCBE), Alassane Soumanou Djimba and Paul Hounkpè, have been multiplying their promises since the opening of the electoral campaign for the presidential elections in Benin. The latest promise concerns the « exceptional jurisdictions » created by the regime in place, and the « political exiles ».
Since Friday 26 March 2021, the electoral campaign for the Presidential election of 11 April is open in Benin. The three duos of candidates are vying with each other in terms of ardour, speeches and promises to attract the favour of the 4.9 million voters expected to go to the polls. Among the promises of the duo formed by Alassane Soumanou Djimba and Paul Hounkpè of the party Forces Cauris pour un Bénin émergent (FCBE), there is the return of « political exiles » and the abolition of « exceptional jurisdictions ».
It is the deputy campaign director of the duo in the departments of Atlantic and Littoral, also a member of the executive office of the FCBE, Salomon Odjo, who made this known on Saturday.
The man first criticized the governance of Patrice Talon who has been at the head of the country since April 6, 2016. « The governance that has been done, since April 6, 2016 to date, we have all seen. The people have experienced this governance through arbitrary arrests, witch-hunting where we have become prisoners in our own country. Freedom of expression has been snatched from us. Our democracy has been confiscated. Special courts have been created and you no longer have the right to criticise, to express your opinion if it is contrary to that of the princes who govern us, » declared Salomon Odjo.
Hence the promise that the man wants to be solemn: « If on April 11, you vote for the duo of the party Forces Cauris pour un Bénin émergent, there will be no more political exiles in our country. The first decision that will be taken by the government of President Alassane Soumanou Djimba and his vice-president Paul Hounkpè will be to allow all political exiles to return home. The special courts that were created to terrorise opponents and compatriots will be dissolved.
By speaking of exceptional jurisdictions, Salomon Odjo is certainly referring to the Court of Repression of Economic Offences and Terrorism (CRIET) strongly decried since its creation in 2018 by the opposition, which sees nothing but a machine to crush opponents. One of the latest clients of the CRIET is the failed candidate of the Democratic Party, Reckya Madougou.