UAE turns down Said Abdullahi Deni’s request to finance his Presidential bid

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Puntland State President Said Abdullahi Deni’s quest to succeed President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has hit a dead end after the United Arab Emirates repudiated to throw weight behind him following clandestine meetings with high officials of the Emirati government as per Mogadishu based Caasimada Online news.

The Caasimada Online reported that the authorities declined to support his bid after he picked some if his loyalties in his government for members of parliament and Senate.

Deni unveiled his candidacy for the top coveted seat in the regional capital of Garowe last month saying his first onslaught is to topple President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The Caasimada Online further says that the regional President is now expected to jet to the United Kingdom where a number of his ministers flew to give way for his visit and who would then commence talks with foreign exploration companies in exchange for his financial backing.

The outlet says that Deni will sign an initial oil exploration deal with a company based in London and would use the dividend to finance his Presidential campaign.
Unconfirmed reports also have that the regional leader has the backing of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to pen the oil deal with the foreign firm to bolster his stint for Presidency.

Deni is yet to resign as the President of Puntland State and local politicians have since intensified calls for him to step down but the regional president has so far declined to relinquish his position.

Said Abdullahi Deni is among a list of several political heavy weights who have since declared their interest to vie for the top seat in the coming Presidential elections.

Among those who are jostling for the seat are; former presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Sheikh Shariff Sheikh Ahmed, Ex- Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre and Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur.