Jonathan sues for peace as Liberians elect new president today

Weah and Boakai
Weah and Boakai [Photo credit: nan.ng]

The Immediate Past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has sued for a free and fair election as Liberians heads to the poll on Tuesday to vote in the country’s run-off presidential election.

Mr. Jonathan who is the co-leader of a delegation of the United States’ National Democratic Institute (NDI) international election observation mission to Liberia also appealed to the candidates in the election to be prepared to accept the outcome of the poll in the interest of peace.

The run-off election is being contested by the ruling Unity Party candidate and current Vice President, Joseph Boakai, and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate, George Weah.

Mr. Jonathan who alongside Atifete Jahjaga, a former president of Kosovo, and other NDI leaders met separately with both Mr. Weah and Mr. Boakai urged them to appeal to their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully during the Boxing Day polls. He further reminded them that the future of their country depended on the outcome run off.

“In any election, there are winners and losers. Only one presidential candidate will be declared winner. The other should accept the election results to avoid a political crisis, especially if there are no good grounds to challenge the outcome,” the ex-president was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze.

According to the statement, Mr. Jonathan further urged the political parties, the National Electoral Commission, and security outfits to play their roles, to ensure a peaceful, inclusive and transparent electoral process.

Mr. Jonathan reminded Liberians that Nigeria and other West African nations played vital roles in stabilising the nation, urging Liberians not to do anything that could jeopardise the post-war peace in the country.

“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.”

Despite pointing out some lapses in the preparation of the poll, both candidates pledged to accept the outcome of the election, Mr. Eze said.

“If the Liberian people decide that the other side will have another twelve years in the Presidency, we will call and congratulate them. But as I said, if the election is free and fair, we are going to win. This is because we have worked so hard and our people want the change which we are offering,” Mr. Weah was quoted as saying.

The former President and the NDI team also met with chairman of the National Elections Commission, NEC, Jerome George Korkoya and emphasised the need for a transparent, free and fair elections.

“(The election) represents a historic moment for Liberia, as the country will have the first opportunity for a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected president to another. These polls would also mark the end of tenure for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female democratically-elected president in Africa,” Mr Jonathan said.


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  • Rev

    At least Mr Jonathan by his willingness to sacrifice his personal ambition for peace has greatly earned the respect of mankind. While the other man remains a desperate contender very willing to shed the “blood of baboons” for his personal ambition.

    • Uzoma John

      You guys should stop twisting facts. Jonathan was roundly defeated in the election and any attempt to do anything contrary would’ve handed him the Gbagbo treatment. So don’t over-flock the idea of Jona being a peaceful man. He lost the election because he misgoverned period.

      • Rev

        Well…You are very well entitled to your opinion. With all due respect.
        But if Jonathan misgoverned, I wonder what Buhari could be described as presently doing. They are all massively incompetent. Jonathan, Buhari, Obasanjo, Tinubu… Ineptitude personified. Plunging a whole nation into comatose…While amassing huge personal fortune.

        • oyekunle fidelis

          African leaders including Nigerians are monsters when they get to power. There’s nothing to choose between them, they’re all the same thing. My worry most times are the commoners, citizens who have no economic, political means. While I will admit GEJ mismanaged our economy and misused the opportunities he was given yet he should be praised and commented for relinquishing power and accepting the outcomes of the election.

          • dev

            You are right, you know the desperation of Nigeria politicians. Had it been that Jonathan failed to relinquish power to Buhari he may have been resting with his ancestors now. Thanks to his courage.

        • dev

          Instead of wasting your data criticizing the leaders why not use it to advice them wisely, maybe premium times will print your advice for them to read.

          • Rev

            You are the one wasting your data. Rubbish!

      • Shehu Monguno

        Uzoma,

        who would have melted out the Gbagbo treatment to PGEJ?

        France? UK? US? Ghana? Benin republic? South Africa? Cameroon? ECOWAS? the AU or the UN?

        Nigeria is not Ivory Coast who have French soldiers permanently stationed there and are still an appendage of France.

        Nigerians must thank their stars that PGEJ is a man of peace. Nothing would have happened if he decided to cling to power. The poor masses would have suffered

        • dev

          An Igboman talking

          • Shehu Monguno

            What are the consequences?

      • Roseline

        Yes, Jonathan was defeated by the under aged children from the North who were televised worldwide thumb printing. Jonathan had a million reasons to cancel that election but he didn’t but chose integrity and Nigeria above personal ambition. Today Nigeria is on its knees.

  • Lanre

    Thank God it is Professor Jonathan who is there to oversee this elections. Were he a man in the mold of Buhari he would be advising either or both of the opponents on how to spill blood of Liberians on the streets should they lose. That is how in.sane a man can be.

  • Cornelius Jelili Ajibola Olanr

    Must you guys indulge in insulting pmb because you want to make comments. It only meant you’ll do worse if by now you yet haven’t gotten over the loss of the 2015 election. Mind you Mr Goodluck Jonathan himself had personally been with the loss. In the meantime Doctor Jonathan would always be remembered as a ruler with the fear of God and the love of his nation. He is indeed a great leader.

    • Roseline

      Yes! Jonathan was indeed a great leader.

  • emmanuel

    I hope Liberians will not be as mumuristic as Nigerians to elect an old dying man as president who will not care about setting the tone for development in the long run because he knows he won’t be around in a few years. Only if Africa can learn to vote in very young people and avoid old useless men like plagues then and then only will Africa have arrived. The idea of voting old sickly brain dead men as presidents is akin to willingly subscribing to an inevitable contiguous liability of having to lose state funds to medical bills in Dollars incurred as a result of old age illnesses.