Tinubu and Others To Grace Senegalese’ President Inauguration

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Nigeria’s president, President Bola Tinubu will be attending the inauguration of Senegal’s President-elect, Bassirou Faye, happening live in Dakar, Senegal.

This was revealed in a statement signed by President Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, and titled ‘President Tinubu to attend the inauguration of Senegal’s President-elect Bassirou Faye.’

In a post on X, the President’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, said, “The inauguration of the 44-year-old President will take place at the Diamniadio Exhibition Centre. President Tinubu, who is the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, will join other regional leaders to witness the inauguration.”

This marks president Tinubu’s first visit to Senegal since assuming office on the invitation of the Senegalese government, and he will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, and other senior government officials.

Ngelale said: “He will join other regional leaders to witness the inauguration at Diamniadio Exhibition Centre on Tuesday,” and is expected to return to Nigeria after the conclusion of the inauguration.

While congratulating the new Senegalese president on his victory, Tinubu said that the successful elections in Senegal and Liberia had boosted ECOWAS campaign for democracy in the West African sub-region.

The ECOWAS Chairman, said, “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.”

A part of the criteria to win is that the candidates must secure more than 50 percent of the votes; the country’s electoral commission said out of roughly 17 million eligible Senegalese, over seven million people were registered to vote, and the civil society observer group known as COSCE said that voter turnout was over 61 percent, making Faye emerge as Senegal’s President-elect after an unprecedented victory at the presidential election on March 24, 2024.

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

Despite having the backing of incumbent President Sall, Ba 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.”

As one who is guided and supported by Ousmane Sonko, a more experienced or influential person, Faye has vowed to lead with humility, fight corruption and protect Senegal from corruption and interference from foreign powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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