For his first – and only – public appearance since his return to Senegal on July 30, Abdoulaye Wade chose to remain silent. The former president voted at his Point E polling station the day after his arrival in Dakar. Accompanied by some allies and members of his party, the patriarch accompli his duty without responding to requests from the press.
In recent weeks, he seemed to want to be forgotten. “He will stay in Senegal for a while yet, predicted one of his relatives. It would be too silly to leave now, when things are getting interesting. “In fact, from August 21, “Gorgui” was quickly talked about again, without even having to leave his home. He mandated several of his relatives to meet the Caliph General of the Mourides in the holy city of Touba. Coming to collect the blessings of the descendant of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, the emissaries had also come to carry a message: the announcement of the declaration of candidacy of Karim Wade.
In Senegal, all roads lead to Touba
After Khalifa Sall, Bougane Guèye Dany, Malick Gackou and Ousmane Sonko, the head of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) is therefore officially a candidate for the presidency of 2024. Still ineligible and far from Senegal, the son of Abdoulaye Wade unsurprisingly maintains his wish to stand for re-election. What undoubtedly comfort the many former executives of his party who, tired of his stranglehold on their training, have all gradually slammed the door. On the very day of the delegation’s visit to Touba, it was the turn of former MP Toussaint Manga to announce his departure, after expressing his “eternal gratitude to Abdoulaye Wade”. One again.