Even the mighty falls for fake news these days, such is the story of Arsenal manager today, Arsene Wenger who congratulated his former player, the Liberia presidential aspirant George Weah while counting is still ongoing and winner yet to be officially declared.
Arsene Wenger addressing many issues at the club’s official website briefing ahead of the Watford game and seized the opportunity to congratulate George Weah.
I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah. It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win. Arsene Wenger on George Weah
Wenger’s congratulation is somewhat an embarrassment because the sources carrying Weah’s victory were fake, no reputable sources has reported the result even as at the time we are fielding this report.
While some African MEDIA HOUSES carried this news, they are very premature.
There is huge international press interest in the contest in Liberia for many reasons, George Weah remains very popular around the world, the first and only African player to win the World player of the year, secondly, his vice-presidential aspirant is the ex-wife of the former rebel leader and President, Charles Taylor who is currently serving prison term in the UK for war crimes.
Allegations of Charles Taylor meddling in the elections surfaced recently, when a tape emerged of politicians including George Weah speaking to Taylor from his prison cell.
All these factors suggests there is a huge international interest monitoring Liberia transition from the first female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the next, indeed CNN and BBC have rolling coverage of the election and neither nor any other reputable news body have declared a winner as at 12th October 17:40pm UK time.
According to the LIBERIA ELECTORAL COMMISSION no winner has been declared yet, counting is just starting, there are 26 parties and about 2.2m registered voters in the race.