Somali has discovered that Puntland state president Said Abdullahi Deni is doing everything he can to ensure that the ongoing important negotiations of the National Consultative Council [NCC] fail.
According to sources familiar with the NCC meeting, Deni is pushing for a plan to shift national security authority from President Farmajo, with the assistance of his Jubaland counterpart Ahmed Madobe, in order to create a standoff that could eventually lead to the conference’s utter collapse.
The president is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and is in charge of national security, according to the country’s constitution. Deni’s goal is to use this problem to derail the meeting.
On the margins of the NCC session, Puntland has been having separate meetings with opposition figures and former army commanders from Mogadishu to recruit rebel forces to wage a war in the capital. Deni believes that the fight is the only way to keep Farmajo from running for re-election.
Deni is using Mogadishu politicians with inflexible and ungenerous opinions on the issue, according to insiders, to lead the uprising against Farmajo, who is currently at odds with Prime Minister Roble.
The Puntland leader has been having nocturnal discussions with leaders of other regional states for the past three days in an attempt to persuade them to support his effort to free Farmajo from army rule.
Except for Madobe, the majority of the leaders have rejected his unconstitutional proposition. Deni’s goal was to bring the problem to the negotiating table, which caused a stalemate among the NCC leaders during the lengthy discussions.
According to the sources, the international community cautioned Deni not to become an impediment to the conference aimed at correcting suspected electoral irregularities, saying that if it fails, he will be completely responsible.