Olalekan Adetayo and Samuel Awoyinfa
A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, have congratulated the re-elected President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Obasanjo’s congratulatory message was contained in a letter he personally signed and sent to Kenyatta. The letter, dated August 12, 2017, was obtained by our correspondent in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Obasanjo in the letter, however, suggested that for stability of democracy in the East African country, there was the need to investigate the alleged result manipulation during the election.
The former President noted that most elections in Africa had their shortcomings, and Kenya’s own would not be an exception.
The letter read in part, “Most elections in Africa today have some elements of push and pull immediately before, during or after the elections, and the latest Kenyan election is not an exception.
“But such a situation rather than being seen as a challenge, should be seen as an opportunity to bind the wounds and to unite a country divided by the electoral process.”
He further explained that his earlier position on the anxiety of the world on the election, was based on past violence, which trailed similar poll in the country in 2008.
It read further, “All friends of Kenya were anxious that there should be no similar violence that followed the election in 2008. So far, so good, and thanks to God.
“May I crave your indulgence to suggest that for stability of democracy in Kenya and for the interest of the people of Kenya as a whole, that the allegations of manipulation of results in the process of transmission should be thoroughly investigated with appropriate measures taken to ensure integrity of future elections, as may be necessary.
“I pray that God will give you the grace and the wisdom to continue to give Kenya the leadership it requires as a united, cohesive, stable, secure and progressive country.”
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo stated, “I have the honour on behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to congratulate you on your successful re-election as the President of the Republic of Kenya.”
He noted that Kenyatta’s re-election bore testimony to his selfless service to Kenya and to the giant strides he had taken in the transformation of the country in the last few years.
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Kenyan poll: Obasanjo, Osinbajo congratulate Kenyatta