Counting of votes for the presidential re-run in Liberia is on-going with unofficial rumors that former football legend George Ousman Opong Weah has taken a striking lead.
"I am most grateful to the nation of Liberia and especially the candidates, Weah and Mr Joseph Boakai, for living up to this creed".
He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in Liberia's first democratic handover in decades.
Celebrations have begun in Liberia as former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is set to be declared the victor of the West African nation's presidential election.
"My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation".
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Weah starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris St-Germain and AC Milan, before ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City.
He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is now a senator in Liberia's parliament.
The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, equally applauded the efforts of the National Election Commission of Liberia, as well as regional and worldwide observers who contributed immensely to the electoral process and the strengthening of post-conflict democracy in the West African country.
Jonathan, who had just returned from Monrovia after leading the National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia, posted the goodwill message to Weah on his Facebook page, on Friday.