Jonathan praises Benin Republic’s new president

– Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has
spoken out about the recent election in
Benin
– Jonathan praised the outgoing leader
Boni Yayi for respecting the will of the
people
– Benin’s new president is multi-
millionaire businessman Patrice Talon
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has
released a statement about the presidential
recent election the Benin Republic.
On his Facebook page, Jonathan praised the
conduct of the election and the role of the
administration of
outgoing president Boni
Yayi.
“Having followed the elections in the
Republic of Benin very closely, I am very
impressed with the orderly manner with
which the administration of President Boni
Yayi conducted those polls,” Jonathan said.
“They were adjudged peaceful, credible and
transparent by local and international
observers and President Yayi deserves
commendation for providing the leadership
that led to this outcome.”

Jonathan praised Benin’s outgoing president
for respecting the people, as he did
Jonathan praised the Beninese people for
their behvaiour during the election
campaign, describing them as an example
to the world of African democracy.
“I also congratulate the people of the
Republic of Benin for their role in the
election and for showing the world that the
Republic of Benin and its citizens have come
of age in the practice of democracy,” the
former president said.
I especially wish to appreciate the
incumbent Prime Minister of the Republic of
Benin, Mr Lionel Zinsou, who was a
candidate for president, for his exemplary
conduct of conceding defeat and
congratulating the choice of the people, Mr
Patrice Talon, on his victory at the polls.
“Such a gesture by Prime Minister Zinsou is
rare and should be applauded by all
statesmen as the highest display of
patriotism and maturity.”
Patrice Talon made his millions in the cotton
trade
Zinsou has joined Jonathan as one of the
few African leaders who respected the
respective wills of their people and stood
down after losing an election.
The winner of the presidential election,
cotton magnate and businessman Patrice
Talon, won with over 65% of the vote and
Jonathan was full of praise for Benin’s new
leader.
“I congratulate Mr Patrice Talon on his
victory and wish him a successful and
peaceful tenure after his swearing in even
as I urge that there should be no victor or
vanquished in this process,” Jonathan said.
“All the Beninoise people are winners and
have cause to be proud of their nation.”
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