Buhari congratulates Senegal President Sall on election victory

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By Ismaila Chafe

#TrackNigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Macky Sall of Senegal on his re-election for a second term.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday, the President also commended the people of Senegal on the successful and peaceful conduct of the presidential election.

According to Buhari, successful elections in West African countries were a sign of hope that democracy had come to stay in the sub-region.

While wishing the people of Senegal peace, stability and progress, the president said he looked forward to working with Sall, to advance existing bilateral cooperation in various fields for the benefits of their citizens.

At the sub-regional level, the Nigerian leader expressed readiness to partner with his Senegalese counterpart to achieve greater progress in the economic, governance, peace, security and humanitarian fields.

The Senegalese Electoral Commission on Thursday declared Sall, winner of last Sunday’s poll with 58 per cent of votes cast.

The Senegalese incumbent president defeated the main opposition candidate Idrissa Seck, who came second with 21 per cent of votes, while Ousmane Sonko placed third with 16 per cent of total votes cast. (NAN)

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