Toba Owojaiye reporting
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, representing the West African Elders Forum (WAEF), commended Liberia for its exemplary election conduct, culminating in a smooth transition of power. Following WAEF’s Election Mediation Mission to Liberia’s general elections, President Jonathan returned to Monrovia to meet with President George Weah and President-Elect Joseph Boakai.
During consultations, President Jonathan expressed satisfaction with the cooperative spirit, purpose, and patriotism demonstrated by both leaders. He highlighted their determination to unite Liberians and foster peace and progress in the country.
President Jonathan emphasized the significance of Liberia’s elections as a lesson for all of West Africa, lauding President Weah’s selflessness in conceding defeat and congratulating President-Elect Boakai.
TruthLive News reports that President Jonathan stressed the commitment of all stakeholders to prioritize the nation’s interests over personal or party considerations. The West African Elders Forum sees Liberia’s electoral process as a positive example, showcasing the resilience of democratic values in the region.
In a historic move on Friday, President George Weah gracefully conceded defeat to opposition leader Joseph Boakai, concluding a closely contested race. The 78-year-old Boakai, a former vice president, secured 50.9% of the vote compared to Weah’s 49.1%, according to the country’s elections commission.
This concession not only marked the end of a presidency clouded by corruption allegations but also paved the way for a seamless transition of power in Liberia, once characterized by political volatility.
The WAEF, through President Jonathan’s observations, lauds Liberia’s commitment to democratic ideals and hopes that this experience sets a precedent for transparent and peaceful elections across the West African region.