Bassirou Diomaye Faye's Inauguration in Senegal: 'Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Yet', Sowore Speaks

Bassirou Diomaye Faye's Inauguration in Senegal: 'Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Yet', Sowore Speaks

  • Omoyele Sowore, a two-time presidential hopeful, has asked people not to celebrate the emergence of Bassirou Diomaye Faye's emergence as Senegal's president "too quickly"
  • Sowore said in an interview monitored by that observers need to witness Faye's capability first
  • Faye was sworn in Tuesday, April 2, in Diamniadio as Senegal's fifth president, having defeated main rival and ruling party coalition candidate Amadou Ba and winning the delayed election with over 54% of the vote journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and elections in Africa.

Dakar, Senegal - Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 and 2023 Nigerian elections, has said until the performance of Bassirou Diomaye Faye is witnessed, “we should not celebrate too quickly”.

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Sowore spoke in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday night, April 2.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye is Senegal's new president
Nigeria's Omoyele Sowore speaks after Bassirou Diomaye Faye's Inauguration as president in Senegal. Photo credit: Anadolu
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The media entrepreneur, 53, stated that one of the things he is displeased about with politics in Africa is "the old ideas of African leaders”.

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Sowore said:

''I must make a caveat. Until we see the performance of this particular person who have taken over power in Senegal, we should not celebrate too quickly, because we’ve had young people in Nigeria lead.
“The guy that just left Kogi is very young, and look at the way he left the state."

He added:

“My problem is not with old people but with the old ideas of African leaders. They have no new ideas”

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The left-wing pan-Africanist was sworn in on Tuesday, April 2, after sweeping to a first-round victory in the March 24 elections on a pledge of reform. At age 44, he is Senegal’s youngest president.

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Sani said the victory of the opposition candidate, Faye, has cast a positive light on West Africa.


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