Obasanjo con­grat­u­lates Keny­atta, can­vasses al­leged re­sult fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

For­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo has con­grat­u­lated the re-elected Pres­i­dent of Kenya, Uhuru Keny­atta.

In a let­ter to Keny­atta dated Au­gust 12, 2017, a copy which was made avail­able to news­men in Abeokuta yes­ter­day, Obasanjo how­ever sug­gested that for sta­bil­ity of democ­racy in the East African coun­try, there was need for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­leged re­sult ma­nip­u­la­tion dur­ing the elec­tion.

Obasanjo said, “Most elec­tions in Africa to­day have some el­e­ments of push and pull im­me­di­ately be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter the elec­tions, and the lat­est Kenyan elec­tion is not an ex­cep­tion. But such a sit­u­a­tion rather than be­ing seen as a chal­lenge should be seen as an op­por­tu­nity, an op­por­tu­nity to bind the wounds and to unite a coun­try di­vided by the elec­toral process.”

He fur­ther ex­plained that his ear­lier po­si­tion on the anx­i­ety of the world on the elec­tion was premised on the vi­o­lence which trailed sim­i­lar elec­tion in the coun­try in 2008.

“All friends of Kenya were anx­ious that there should be no sim­i­lar vi­o­lence that fol­lowed the elec­tion in 2008. So far, so good and thanks to God. May I crave your in­dul­gence to sug­gest that for sta­bil­ity of democ­racy in Kenya and for the in­ter­est of the peo­ple of Kenya as a whole, that the al­le­ga­tions of ma­nip­u­la­tion of re­sults in the process of trans­mis­sion should be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated with ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures taken to en­sure in­tegrity of fu­ture elec­tions as may be nec­es­sary,” he stated.

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