Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Dr.Goodluck Jonathan Appeals To Liberian Presidential Candidates To Accept Outcome Of Election

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan is currently on election duty in Liberia and has called for a free and fair election; also he advised both presidential candidates to receive whatever the outcome of the election for the sake of peace.

The former President is serving as the co- leader of the delegation of the United States’ National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia’s presidential polls.

The election is contested between the ruling Unity Party candidate and the current Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai and Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate and ex footballer, George Weah.

Jonathan alongside former president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga and other NDI leaders met both candidates separately and urged them to appeal to their supporters to conduct the election in a peaceful manner and further reminded them that the future of their country depended on the elections outcome.

The former president also urged the National Electoral Commission and security agencies to carry out their roles, to ensure the election is conducted in a peaceful and transparent order. He also urged Liberians not to do anything that could threaten the post-war peace already in existence.

According to him, “The economy of Liberia will benefit immensely from a positive and peaceful outcome, as a free and fair process would go a long way in reassuring investors that the country is now safe for lasting investment.

“If the election fails it means Liberia has failed, it also means that Liberia has failed West Africa and failed the entire Africa.”

Both candidates has agreed to accept the outcome of the election. According to George Weah; “If the Liberian people decide that the other side will have another twelve years in the Presidency, we will call and congratulate them.”

This is the first opportunity for a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another in Liberia and it will also end the tenure of Africa’s first female democratically elected president, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.