“The party will not comment. » End of the chapter. No question, for Justin Koné Katinan, to return to the episode which, last June, has already been much commented on in the press and on TV sets. In front of journalists, the spokesperson for the African Peoples’ Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI) evokes that day the “case” Charles Blé Goudé. The former leader of the Young Patriots obtained his ordinary passport a few weeks earlier and, in The Hague where he still resides, he is awaiting the green light from the Ivorian authorities to return to Côte d’Ivoire. Standing behind his desk, Justin Koné Katinan does not beat around the bush. “We say it without any hatred, we are not together, he insists. On the political field, we are adversaries. It must be clear for the Ivorians, for our militants. »
Ivory Coast: from The Hague, Charles Blé Goudé in rehabilitation operation
The decision of Charles Blé Goudé to transform his movement, the Pan-African Congress for Justice et the equality of peoples (Cojep), in party in 2015, and his political ambitions, which he does not hide, inevitably categorize him in direct opposition to the PPA-CI, insists Justin Koné Katinan. At the end of his speech, the man who also holds the position of third vice-president of the party founded by Laurent Gbagbo a few months after his return to Abidjan specifies that he also found “disparaging” a statement attributed to Charles Blé Goudé: “I never been in the band [le Front populaire ivoirien, FPI, fondé par Gbagbo et aujourd’hui dirigé par Pascal Affi N’Guessan]. I won’t be with the subgroup [le PPA-CI] ».