Tinubu congratulates Senegal’s president-elect, Faye

President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, congratulated Mr. Bassirou Faye on his election as the President of the Republic of Senegal.

He also congratulated incumbent President, Macky Sall, for overseeing an election widely deemed as peaceful and transparent.

Tinubu’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, titled ‘President Tinubu congratulates President-elect Bassirou Dionaye Faye and the people of the Republic of Senegal.’

Faye emerged as Senegal’s President-elect after an unprecedented victory at the presidential election on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

The country’s electoral commission said more than 7 million people were registered to vote out of roughly 17 million Senegalese. The civil society observer group known as COSCE revealed that voter turnout was over 61 percent.

To win, candidates had to secure more than 50 per cent of the vote.

Although the Senegalese News Agency, APS, said the constitutional council will announce the results on April 3, preliminary results showed the opposition candidate, Faye, polling about 53.7 per cent.

Also, former Prime Minister and ruling coalition’s candidate, Amadou Ba, secured 36.2 per cent based on counts from 90 per cent of polling stations in the first-round vote, the electoral commission said.

Ba, who had the backing of incumbent President Sall, conceded defeat based on the preliminary results.

Faye has since welcomed the move, saying, “I salute the approach of the other candidates who, without exception, have honoured a very Senegalese tradition without even waiting for the official results to be announced by the authorised state bodies.”

A protégé of opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, Faye has vowed to lead with humility, fight corruption and protect Senegal from corruption and interference from foreign powers.

Reacting to the developments, Tinubu noted that “President-elect Faye comes with great promise and a sterling record, wishing him success as he takes on this important job of leading the good people of Senegal.”

He said the success of the presidential election in Senegal and the successful conduct of the general election in Liberia a few months ago have affirmed his long-held conviction that the taproot of democracy is deeply established in West Africa and will only grow stronger as it is watered by good governance, justice, and fairness to all.

As the Chairman of ECOWAS, the President affirmed that the successful conduct of the Senegal election is “a boost to the sub-regional organisation in its efforts to promote peace and constitutional order, as well as strengthen ties among member states.”

Therefore, he congratulated the people of Senegal and assured them of Nigeria’s best wishes and support.

Last Sunday’s election was the first without a sitting president on the ballot after term limits were introduced, barring Sall from seeking a third term.

Credit Gist New Today News in Newspaper Nigeria Headlines

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