By Seyi Babalola
President of Liberia, George Opong Weah, has called his opponent during presidential election, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, and conceded defeat to him.
Weah, in an address to the nation, said:
“I stand before you tonight with a heavy heart, but with the utmost respect for the democratic process that has defined our nation.
“The results announced tonight, though not final, indicate that Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is in a lead that is insurmountable.
“A few moments ago, I spoke with President-elect Joseph N. Boakai to congratulate him on his victory and to offer my sincere commitment to working with him for the betterment of our beloved Liberia.
“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to President-elect Boakai, his supporters, and his campaign team. May his presidency be marked by success for all Liberians, and may our nation prosper under his leadership.
“Tonight, as we acknowledge the results, let us also recognize that the true winners of these elections are the people of Liberia. Through your peaceful and orderly exercise of your constitutional right to vote, you have once again demonstrated your commitment to the democratic principles that bind us together as a nation.
“Under my leadership, these elections were organized with a promise to the Liberian people – a promise of fairness, transparency, and credibility. I am proud to say that, for the most part, we have fulfilled that promise. “The Liberian people have spoken, and their choice will be honored and obeyed.”
– President George O. Weah