President Goodluck Jonathan has urged African leaders to entrench democracy and good governance in their countries.
He said this while congratulating President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo on his victory in the country’s recent presidential election.
The election came a few weeks after the Nigerian presidential poll culminated in Jonathan losing to former military rule, Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan was lauded internationally after he conceded defeat.
According to Reuben Abati, Jonathan¹s spokesperson, Jonathan called on people of Togo to accept the election results in good faith and give maximum support and cooperation to their re-elected leader for peace,
stability and progress in their country.
“Now that President Gnassingbe¹s victory at the polls has been confirmed by Togo¹s Constitutional Court, President Jonathan calls on all the people of Togo to accept the election results in good faith and give maximum support and cooperation to their re-elected leader for peace, stability and progress in their country,” Abati said.
He said Jonathan commended the people of Togo on the successful conduct of the presidential elections and urged any persons who might still have issues with its outcome to comport themselves as true democrats and law-abiding citizens by seeking redress only through recognized legal means.
“The President believes that the growing culture of free, fair and credible elections in Africa as witnessed in recent polls in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo and other countries bode well for political stability and faster development on the continent.”
Abati added that Jonathan also expects that existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Togo will continue to grow in coming years.
“He wishes President Gnassingbe a very successful new term in office.”
Gnassingbe with more than 58 percent of the vote ahead of rival Jean-Pierre Fabre just above 35 percent.
Fabre’s party claimed some irregularities marred the poll.