In the wake of provisional results being announced by the National Elections Commission from Saturday’s senatorial election, Montserrado County Independent senatorial candidate, Robert Sirleaf, has conceded defeat here, and congratulated his main rival George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change for winning the poll.
Mr. Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, said he welcomes the provisional results from Montserrado, which put the CDC candidate George Weah, far ahead of all other candidates that vied for the county’s seat in the December 20th election.
Sirleaf said the people of Liberia have spoken and he respects their overwhelming decision to elect Weah to the Liberian Senate. He told a local radio station, ‘Hot FM’ in Monrovia Tuesday, 23rd December that he will continue those good works that his foundation (Robert Sirleaf Foundation) stated before the elections.
Mr. Sirleaf has promised to phone Weah and personally congratulate him for winning the election. The defeated senatorial candidate also announced that he is leaving Liberia for now to rest, and after the Christmas and New Year festive celebrations, he will return to continue his work for the Liberian people. Rival supporters of both men had engaged in bloody clashes two times prior to the election.
Another aspirant, who has also congratulated Weah, is Liberty Party (LP) youthful candidate Benjamin Sanvee, who came third in the Montserrado race. Sanvee also welcomed the decision of the Liberian people, and stressed that the people’s choice must be respected.
Meanwhile, Liberians all over the country have welcomed Robert Sirleaf’s acknowledgement of Weah as winner though the NEC has not officially declared winner for Montserrado County.
Expressing their views on various radio stations here, they described Mr. Sirleaf as a true patriot, who respects the will of the people. They called on other politicians, who might lose the election to follow the good examples of Robert Sirleaf by accepting the election results. The callers noted that politics in Liberia is becoming great with politicians accepting defeat and not embracing violence.