Robert Sirleaf, an independent candidate in the just ended Special Senatorial Election and also a son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, yesterday conceded defeat and congratulated his victorious rival, Ambassador George Oppong Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
Mr. Sirleaf in his well-crafted concession statement wished Amb. Weah well as he prepares to assume the mantle of leadership in Montserrado County.
During a talk show on a local radio station, Sirleaf said he had no option but to accept the verdict of the electorate saying” the outcome of the election is the will of the people of Montserrado County”.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is yet to announce the candidate of the CDC as the winner. However, provisional results released by NEC put Weah at 8,913 votes well above Robert Sirleaf’s 1,247 tally.
“This is the will of the people. I stand in respect to your will, because the result of the election is an expression of the voice of our people. We must all heed your voice,” Sirleaf declared.
“I want to congratulate Ambassador Weah for his victory. I also am commending NEC for the smooth conduct of the election,” Mr. Sirleaf added. He assured Montserrado citizens that he would “not abandon any project yet to be completed.”
Even before the announcement of the provisional results by NEC, Weah’s supporters, mostly youths, had been out in the streets celebrating the victory of their political idol.