Interview. At the core of the outgoing president Patrice Talon’s campaign, his spokesperson conveyed to Point Afrique the candidate’s vision for the election challenge.
largeBeninians took part in a poll on Sunday, April 11 to elect the president, while the central and northern parts of the country were paralyzed by protesters who condemned the outgoing President Patrice Talon for confiscating the election. . In the face of the former cotton king who took office in 2016, two candidates, former deputy representatives Alassane Soumanou and Corentin Kohoué are all competing for the Cotonou Marina Palace. Marina Palace). Many opponents of Benin have accused them of being “doll candidates.” For good reasons, the great opposition figures Sebastian Ayaphon, Lionel Zinso or Lehadi Sogro were exiled or condemned as unqualified. Others believed that their candidacy was rejected by the election committee because they did not have enough patrons. After five years as head of state, Patrice Talon can have a good economic record: healthier public finances, improved business environment, cotton production, one of the country’s main resources, has grown dramatically , Almost eliminated small-scale corruption. A few hours before the end of the election campaign, while tensions intensified this week, Benin’s presidential propaganda director and presidential candidate’s spokesperson answered questions about Africa.
Africa point: Benin was in a state of tension during the last week of election campaigns. What is your analysis of the situation?
Wilfried Léandre Houngbedji: There are limited tensions. The Republican Army has restored order to restore the situation and ensure the safety of the people. What must be said is that it is not the peaceful demonstrators who rushed into the streets, but the onlookers. Traditional hunters from neighboring countries took to the streets under the politician’s help. They were discovered abroad for one reason or another. They are trying to get on the street what they did not get in the ballot box 5 years ago under the pretext that the term of the president ends on April 5, 2021. They organized their own reasons for not participating in the starting point of this election. Compared with the national enthusiasm observed before and after the election, this mobilization seems to be a phenomenon. I think we will be behind us in the next few days.
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Have you assessed material damage and personnel damage?
I know there is material loss. I see a large number of images circulating, and we regret the death of a Nigerian who was shot (since the authorities in the northern province of Sawi have announced the second death, editor’s note).
You talked about enthusiasm, but in Cotonou, the atmosphere is far from celebrating democracy as President Patrice Talon promised. Are you a little disappointed…
You just arrived President Patrice Talon (Patrice Talon) campaign began with a passion for Cotonou. Indeed, I did not go out for a few days, but I did not appreciate it (Wilfried Léandre Houngbedji tested positive for Covid-19 and was quarantined. Editor’s note:) We will wait until the last day for a full evaluation.
The political landscape seems to have disappeared, and the presidential candidate does not seem to have a challenger. How do you explain this situation?
With his brilliant performance, President Patrice Talon decided to be a candidate when he was ready to face any personality: no matter what his size, stature, or means. But honestly, he will win in front of any candidate.
Opponents of President Patrice Talon would rather accuse him of “choosing an opponent”…
It is not his fault that people arrange not to participate in the competition. Since 2016, in Benin, we have been dealing with three types of actors. Those who support power, mobilizers. There are opposition from the Republican Party. There are also some rebel fighters who have banned themselves, and their agenda is obviously to sow violence and hatred in the hearts of the people of Benin in order to make them confront each other.These people have Urbi and Obi Announcing that they will not recognize these reforms until they are resolved, and then back down further at the last minute. Patrice Talon confronts people who are willing to participate in Republican games and try to conquer power through the ballot box instead of causing chaos in the country.
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