Peter Obi congratulates Senegal’s presumptive president Diomaye Faye

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Leading Nigerian opposition figure, Peter Obi has congratulated his counterpart in Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, who is on course to be declared President of Senegal.

Faye, 44, is set to be declared the winner of Sunday’s presidential polls after his main opponent from the governing coalition, Amadou Ba, 62, conceded defeat.

Ba also called to congratulate Faye, whose spectacular victory comes barely 10 days after he was released from prison.

Reacting in an X post on Monday evening, Obi said, “I like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Bassirou Diomaye Faye for his victory in the Senegalese Presidential election.

“This triumph stands significantly as a testament to the beauty of democracy and the unwavering power of the people.

“I commend the Senegalese people for their active participation in the polls and their dedication to shaping the future of their nation.

“A refreshing aspect of the Senegalese outcome is the relative youth of the president elect. If this trend towards youthful leadership takes hold, we may be heading towards the era of a new youthful leadership in Africa.

“The successful outcome of the election in Senegal serves as an inspiration to us all in the sub-region and indeed all of Africa, in reaffirming that the democratic process is anchored and rooted in the will of the people.

“I eagerly anticipate witnessing the progress and prosperity that this new leadership will bring to Senegal and the wider African continent.

“This victory is inspirational and it is a huge boost to Nigerians who are resolute and tirelessly working to ensure that the democratic aspirations of the Nigerian people are realized without hindrance in the years ahead.”

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