President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated the government and people of Liberia on the successful conduct of their Presidential Election. In a statement made on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, Mr. Tinubu also congratulated President-elect Joseph Boakai on his victory, urging him to unite the country and use the popular support expressed through the ballot box to deliver good governance to the people of Liberia.
Mr. Tinubu also commended President George Weah for demonstrating exceptional leadership by conceding the election and averting any form of socio-political crisis. He expressed that President Weah’s great act of democratic sportsmanship is exemplary, particularly at this time in West Africa when democracy is under attack by malign actors who are bent on subverting the will of the people.
“I commend President George Weah for his sterling example, undiluted patriotism, and statesmanship. He has defied the stereotype that peaceful transitions of power are untenable in West Africa. He has demonstrated that the outcome of elections in the sub-region need not become the propellant of violence and unrest and that the will of the people must always be respected,” Mr. Tinubu stated.
Furthermore, Mr. Tinubu thanked the people of Liberia for peacefully exercising their rights and implored them to remain steadfast in the furtherance of peace and democracy. The Liberian President-elect, Joseph Boakai, is urged to build on the popular support expressed through the ballot box to deliver good governance to the people of Liberia.
Recall that Liberian President and African football legend George Weah had earlier conceded defeat to opposition leader Joseph Boakai. Results announced indicated that the opposition leader was leading the polls with nearly 51 percent of the votes in Liberia. However, speaking as the country’s election umpire continued the result announcements, Weah said that there was no way he could overturn Boakai’s lead.
“The result announced tonight, though not final, indicates that…Boakai is in a lead that we cannot surpass,” Weah said. “This is the time for graciousness in defeat,” he added.
In his speech, the Liberian President emphasized that despite losing the presidential poll, the people of Liberia had won.