The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has commended the people of Senegal over the successful conclusion of the Sunday run-off presidential polls.
Ekweremadu who congratulated President-elect, Mark Sall for winning in a free, fair, and credible manner also commended the incumbent President, Abdoulaye Wade for conceding defeat, describing his action as an invaluable asset to Senegal’s democracy and unity.
“Coming on the heels of the temporary setback to democracy in Mali, this is not only good news for the people of Senegal, but for the entire West African sub-region as it reaffirms our resolve as a people to live under constitutional, democratic and stable order”, Ekweremadu stated.
Describing the election as an added momentum to democracy in West Africa, the Speaker who also doubles as Nigeria Deputy President of Senate, urged the President-elect to be magnanimous in victory, ensuring that all traces of genuine political grievances were assuaged and the nation welded even more closely by the democratic feat that the presidential election represents.
While commending the ECOWAS and members of the international community for ensuring that what appeared a logjam in Senegal was resolved amicably through the ballot box, Ekweremadu reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Parliament to working with all institutions and organs of ECOWAS to ensure the sub-region “consolidates the path of zero tolerance to unconstitutional seizure of power, bad governance, injustice, impunity, corruption, coup d’états, and blemished electoral processes which are in themselves the roots of conflicts, instability, and underdevelopment.”
Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the opposition candidate in last Sunday’s presidential election run-off in Senegal, Mr. Macky Sall, on his election as President-Elect of Senegal.
Describing his election as “victory for democracy and just reward for all Senegalese people who kept faith in the democratic process and voted responsibly in what has proved to be a watershed election,” the President noted that “the Senegalese people have confirmed that theirs is a mature democracy built on freedom and respect for rules and laws.”
“If there was ever any doubt, this election has proved that the foundation of Senegalese democracy is rock solid. This is good for the Senegalese people and also for our sub-region, especially at a time one of our brother countries is facing grave challenges to constitutional order,” he said.
President Jonathan further observed that Sall’s “commitment to democracy and remarkable leadership and doggedness in the face of great odds are proof that he is the right person to heal wounds, unite the country and lead Senegal along the path of peace, equity and prosperity.”
The President while also commending incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, “for graciously accepting defeat, showing great maturity and statesmanship and organising an election that was adjudged free and fair, whose outcome he has accepted”, recommended Wade’s example to all other leaders on the African continent.
“The outcome of the election in Senegal is good for West Africa and the African continent,” he stressed, adding that “he looks forward to working with President-elect Sall and the people of Senegal for the mutual benefit of our two countries and for the peace, stability and prosperity of our sub-region.”