An overwhelming crowd of supporters and sound-system malfunctioning forced Liberia’s President-elect, George Weah, to postpone his victory speech on Friday night.
Weah was billed to formally accept his election at the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) headquarters in Monrovia at 6.30 p.m., an hour after his declaration as President-elect.
Immediately after the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the final results of the presidential runoff polls, and pronounced him elected, the city erupted in jubilation.
It was a carnival of sort outside as an overspill of supporters sang and danced along the road, resulting in a heavy gridlock on both sides.
Similar scenes played out in other parts of the city. Monrovia as the city was literally on standstill for Weah.
When the President-elect finally arrived at 8.42 p.m. in company with his wife, Clar, and the Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the crowd went out of control.
Efforts by the CDC youth leader, Jefferson Koijee, and security men to manage the situation, proved abortive as the sea of heads pressed towards the stage where the dignitaries sat.
The sound system did not help matters, as it kept malfunctioning
When the President-elect rose from his seat to calm the situation, the crowd went wilder in euphoria, chanting “George Weah, George Weah’’.
At this stage, Weah made a hand gesture to announce the postponement of the event till Saturday.