Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger has been duped by false reports that Retired professional footballer turned politician, George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah has won Liberia’s presidential election, When in fact the final results have not yet been announced by the National Elections Commission.
On Wednesday, one of Liberia’s leading political parties called for a halt in announcing results of Tuesday’s presidential election. In a statement, the Liberty Party said it was deeply troubled by the discovery of irregularities and fraud, and threatened the National Elections Commission (NEC) with legal action. The party’s candidate, Charles Brumskine, was one of the contenders to succeed Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
As the fake news started trending, Wenger posted on On Arsenal’s website:
‘ ‘I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah. It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win’’
Arsene Wenger was Weah’s manager at Monaco in the 1990s.Weah, a former Fifa World Footballer of the Year, ran for Liberia’s presidency in Tuesday’s election. He failed in his two previous attempts to become president.
“Go to the polls peacefully, respecting every Liberian’s right to vote with dignity and pride. Embrace your neighbour, regardless of their political choice,” Sirleaf, popularly knowns Ellen Ma, said in a speech broadcast on state television.
“The future of the country is in your hands. Vote for the person and persons you believe will make Liberia a better place. The world will be watching. Let’s make them proud,” she said.