Obasanjo meets Senegalese opposition

Associated Press + More

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is in Senegal to observe and help mediate a solution to this weekend's contentious election, is spending his first day in-country meeting opposition candidates.

In a statement, Obasanjo said that on Wednesday he will meet five of the 13 opposition candidates running against the country's 85-year-old leader in Sunday's ballot. They include Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Moustapha Niasse, Ousmane Tanor Dieng, Idrissa Seck and Ibrahima Fall, as well as the leaders of M23, an opposition coalition.

Senegal has been rocked by daily protests ahead of Sunday's presidential election. Protesters say they will render the country ungovernable if President Abdoulaye Wade, who is just shy of his 86th birthday, runs for a third term.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.