VP Osinbajo receives President-elect of Sao Tome & Principe

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says Africans must continue to make extra effort to ensure that elections in the continent pass through a democratic process of transparency and fairness.

Professor Osinbajo said this on Monday while receiving the President-elect of Sao Tome and Principe, Mr. Carlos Manuel Vila Nova who paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.

According to Professor Osinbajo; “there is no question at all for those of us in Africa. We must make the extra effort to ensure that the democratic process is very transparent. It is such a pleasure to see that that was what took place in your country which led to your election.” 

Speaking about areas of cooperation between both countries, the Vice President said, “We already talked about some of the areas of cooperation…your tenure might be an opportunity to bring some of those things to fruition.”  

Professor Osinbajo reassured Mr. Vila Nova of Nigeria’s support saying “your tenure is as comfortable and effective as possible as partners and friends.”

In his own remarks, President-elect Vila Nova expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting Sao Tome and also thanked the Vice President for his attention.

He stated that Nigeria is a “friendly country” and the relationship between both countries dates back to many years.

In attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and a member of the Sao Tome and Principe’s cabinet, Mr. Americo de Oliveira Ramos.

On the 18th of July, 2021, elections were held in Sao Tome to replace President Evaristo Carvalho, whose tenure expired on 3rd September, 2021.

Based on constitutional provisions, an outright winner did not emerge from the polls and a run-off led to the emergence of Mr. Vila Nova, who would be sworn in 2nd October, 2021.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim

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