By Andah John with agency report
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the newly elected President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow.
For conceding defeat, the Nigerian leader also saluted the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow stuns Jammeh
Opposition candidate Barrow, won the Gambian presidential polls with 263,515 votes, the Gambian electoral commission said on Friday.
Jammeh, who had ruled the country for 22 years, immediately accepted defeat.
And in a statement issued by the president’s media aide, Buhari noted that such uncommon gesture was crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.
Carry everyone along
Expressing happiness over the gallantry shown by Jammeh, Buhari further enjoined Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.
He also commended Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic right to choose their leader. Buhari then urged all stakeholders to maintain the peace.
According to him, he looks forward to a smooth transition of power. He also hopes to work with the incoming president, to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.
The commission’s chair, Alieu Njie, said he was followed by out-going President Yahya Jammeh with 212,009 votes while Mama Kandeh, the third candidate in the running, came third with 102,969 votes.