President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the president-elect of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, on his electoral victory.
Buhari congratulates Talon
Patrice Talon wins Benin Republic presidential election
Talon was declared winner by the country’s Autonomous National Electoral Commission in Sunday’s presidential run-off.
In statement issued in Abuja by Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Buhari commended the government and people of Benin Republic on the conduct of a peaceful and orderly election.
He also applauded Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and presidential candidate of the ruling coalition for his courage and statesmanship in upholding the democratic process by promptly congratulating his main challenger, Talon on his electoral victory.
The statement read: “The President also commends President Boni Yayi for his leadership throughout the electoral process and for his invaluable contribution to democratic governance in the sub-region, evidently demonstrated in the successful conduct of the presidential elections.
“The President is encouraged by the determination and exemplary conduct demonstrated by Beninese in coming out en masse to perform their civic duties.”
According to the president, the successful conclusion of the electoral process marks an important step in consolidating democracy in the sub-region and a beacon for other African countries to emulate.
President Buhari said he was full of hope that the people of Benin Republic would support the incoming government to succeed.
He reaffirmed that Nigeria, as a beneficiary of the dividends of democracy, will continue to build strong partnerships with her neighbours for the peace, progress and prosperity of our citizens.
Talon, 57, garnered majority of the ballots in the second round of election to select the replacement for the President of the West African country, Boni Yayi, who has spent the constitutional allowed two five-year terms in office.
He defeated the candidate of the country’s ruling party, Zinsou, who was the frontrunner after the first round of voting with 27.1 per cent