JUST IN: Tinubu Reacts as Chad’s Military Ruler Wins Disputed Presidential Election

JUST IN: Tinubu Reacts as Chad’s Military Ruler Wins Disputed Presidential Election

  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria has said that the conduct of elections in Chad underlines the commitment of the government and the people of the country to democracy
  • The Nigerian leader called for sustained and friendly cooperation between the West African nation and Chad while wishing the president-elect, General Mahamat Deby, success
  • Legit.ng reports that supporters of opposition leader and acting interim prime minister, Succes Masra, had been holding their ballot count in parallel to the official one

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N'Djamena, Chad - President Bola Tinubu on Sunday, May 12, extended his "warm congratulations" to the president-elect of Chad, General Mahamat Deby.

The Nigerian leader's message was conveyed through a statement dispatched by Ajuri Ngelale, his official spokesperson.

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Chad election: Tinubu congratulates president-elect Mahamat Deby
Tinubu wishes Mahamat Deby success in Chad. Photo credits: Fayez Nureldine, Anadolu
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In the statement, President Tinubu affirmed that the "successful conduct of elections" in Chad underlines the commitment of the government and the people of the French-speaking country to democracy and orderly transitions in the region.

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Tinubu assured Deby, 40, that Nigeria will continue to work closely with the Republic of Chad, as both countries seek to enhance peace, security, and shared prosperity for the mutual benefit of their peoples.

Furthermore, the Nigerian leader called for sustained, friendly cooperation between Nigeria and Chad, while wishing Deby success.

Legit.ng recalls that Deby was proclaimed transitional president by fellow army generals in 2021 after his father, Idriss Déby Itno, who had ruled Chad for 30 years, was killed in a gun battle with rebels.

Deby Jr's electoral victory ensures the Deby family's three-decade rule will continue.

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The results of the election on Monday, May 6, were announced nearly two weeks earlier than the scheduled release date of May 21.

Supporters of opposition leader and acting interim prime minister, Succes Masra, had been holding their ballot count in parallel to the official one.

On Thursday, May 9, they claimed to have won the presidential election in the first round.

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Source: Legit.ng

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