Nigerian former Presidential Candidate Peter Obi, has congratulated Liberia’s President-Elect while commending the elections, hailing the smooth process and exemplary conduct.
In a statement shared on his X page (formerly Twitter), Obi expressed his admiration for the seamless election in Liberia, highlighting the commendable conduct of both the declared winner and the incumbent president.
This came after Liberian President George Weah conceded defeat late Friday after provisional results from this week’s runoff vote showed challenger Joseph Boakai beating him by just over a percentage point.
Elections officials said that with 99.58% of ballots counted from Tuesday’s election, Boakai was in the lead, with 50.89% to Weah’s 49.11%. The results were a dramatic reversal from the election six years ago when Weah easily beat Boakai in the second round.
“I have followed with very keen interest, the just concluded and seamless Presidential elections in our West African neighbour, Liberia. I congratulate the declared winner, former Vice President and now President-elect of Liberia, H.E. Joseph N. Bokai of the Unity Party,” stated Obi.
The former Anambra governor extended his congratulations to President George Weah for gracefully conceding defeat, acknowledging Weah’s demonstration of respect for democracy and the rule of law.
He further lauded the people of Liberia and their national institutions, notably the Electoral Commission, for their exemplary conduct that bolstered the credibility of the elections and, in turn, fortified democracy in Liberia and across Africa.
“Liberia has set a high bar for African countries to follow in the way they have conducted and concluded the Presidential elections without rancour and litigation. I wish them well and a smooth transition and continuity in governance,” Obi added, emphasizing the significance of this electoral process as a model for democratic practices across the continent.