President Muhammadu Buhari has commended outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou of Republic of Niger for keeping to his country’s Constitution with respect to run-off polls scheduled for February 21, this year.
The President made the commendation in Abuja, while receiving in audience former Nigerian Vice President, Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who is ECOWAS Head of Mission on the elections in Niger Republic.
President Buhari congratulated Architect Sambo on the first round of the elections, which produced no clear winner, thus compelling a run-off set for February 21, as prescribed by the Constitution of the country.
President Buhari noted that, being a close neighbour, the peace of Niger must bother Nigeria.
In the first round of election, Mohamed Bazoum, former Minister of Interior and Foreign Affairs, led with 39.33 percent of the vote compared to Former President Mahamane Ousmane, who polled 17 percent, both scores falling short of the required 50 percent for outright presidential victory.