The former football star George Weah has waited 12 years to become president of Liberia. With his dream now within touching distance, his fans that mainly include young and poor supporters are dancing with unofficial partial results announced on local radio stations all showed Mr Weah in the lead.
Weah, the only African ever to be named Fifa World Player of the Year said on Wednesday that he was on course to win Liberia’s presidential election run-off in the country’s first democratic transfer of power in more than seven decades.
A senior Weah adviser, Morluba Morlu, told Reuters he expected Mr Weah to win with about 70 per cent of the vote based on precinct-level vote tallies he said were trickling in from across the country after Tuesday’s vote.
“It is clear. We are only waiting for the (election commission) to announce the results and declare him president,” Morlu said. “We are calling on … Boakai to concede defeat and congratulate George Weah.” Boakai spokesman Robert Kpadeh, however, predicted a close race.
Enter Bobi Wine
The Kyadondo East MP, could not hide his excitement when globally respected media houses hinted that Weah’s ‘‘Dream was now within touching distance’’
‘ ‘I congratulate Liberia’s President-Elect George Weah on his emphatic victory. His story inspires us all that regardless of your background, your dreams are valid as long as your heart is in the right place. The people of Liberia have made it clear that they need a new kind of leadership and have achieved that through their vote.’’ Bobi Wine posted.
‘ ‘As I go bed tonight, I am confident that Liberia’s future is brighter with him as President. I also congratulate the nation of Liberia for standing out as a beacon of democracy on the continent.’’
Adding, for our countries to get the kind of leadership we deserve, elections must be free, fair, peaceful and devoid of intimidation. People’s choices must be respected. We shall be looking forward to working together with George Weah and all the people of Liberia in the struggle to emancipate the people of Africa.
‘’Change is coming’’ he said.