Nigeria president congratulates Weah on election

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Newly elected Liberia president George Weah has urged former Cote d'Ivoire global Didier Drogba to lead his country in politics.

"President Buhari also notes that President Sirleaf deserves special commendation for the statesmanship she has shown in ensuring free and fair elections that will pave the way for a peaceful transfer of political power from one democratically elected leader to another for the first time in 73 years".

Buhari issued a statement Friday that also commended the Liberian people "on the peaceful conduct of the historic presidential runoff election".

According to him, Liberia's history is characterized by disturbing episodes of fraudulent electoral processes and the attendant consequences, referencing 1927 and 1985 elections, as notable among them. "Notable among these, he said are the presidential election of 1927 and 1985- outcomes of which were rejected, thereby engendering conflict, which occasioned the loss of lives and protracted fratricidal national conflict".

"The truth of the matter is that what I was seeking was not power or title but instead the opportunity to serve, " Boakai noted.

"Ellen corrupted this country", said Victor Smith, an IT consultant and Boakai supporter, after the concession speech.

"After years of serving as your vice president, I appreciate the privilege of serving with utmost dedication and integrity".

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"I am optimistic that he will live up to the expectation of the Liberian people by working hard to justify the mandate that has been given to him when he assume his presidential duty".

With sorrows and tears in the faces of the few supporters who had gathered at the party headquarters, the VP acknowledged that he is aware that UP partisans and his many other supporters are disappointed by the result of the election. Let us, however, be consoled by the fact that we did collectively fight a good fight.

"Our campaign was characterized by many tangible projects to communities. We must work to unite our people because Liberia is greater than any one of us".

He expressed gratitude to global partners who stood by Liberia during the "long and arduous" electoral process. We were in opposition for 12 years.

"Pursuant to the authority vested in the commission by the constitution and the new electoral law of the Republic of Liberia and based on the result just read, I, acting on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare the presidential ticket of Senator George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor as the victor of the December 26 presidential runoff election".

Now that Boakai has been gracious in defeat, it is now incumbent upon the victor to be magnanimous in victory.

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