16th August, 2021
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has told the Zambian President-elect, Hakainde Hichilema to be magnanimous in victory.
Obasanjo, in a congratulatory message to Hichilema commended Zambians for keeping democracy alive in the East African country.
In a release by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Monday, Obasanjo said reports reaching him was that the election was satisfactory.
According to him, “I want to congratulate the newly elected President, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema for his victory and also I want to congratulate the outgoing President for working hard to maintain the tenets of democracy by conceding, when result is cleared that Hichilema won.
“I also congratulate the people of Zambia for keeping democracy alive. I appeal to the new President to be magnanimous in victory and the people of Zambia should maintain the dignity and peace which we are all noted for in Africa.
“Zambia must break the circle of previous President being disgraced, by inhumanly treated by succeeding President.”
Hichilema had secured a stunning landslide victory over incumbent Edgar Lungu, in the presidential poll held at the weekend.
The electoral commission said Hichilema got 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201, with all but one of the 156 constituencies counted.