A former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, is happy that his journey to Sierra Leone was not in vein. 

He had travelled to Sierra Leone days before the election which many thought would not hold. 

But Dr. Jonathan, who was one of the observers, said it was a delight for him to have had a ringside view of the electoral process.

Commenting on the outcome of the election on his Facebook page he said: "I commend the good people of Sierra Leone for the successful conduct of the 2018 Presidential elections.

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"I congratulate the candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Brig. Julius Maada Bio (Rtd) who was last night declared winner and has just been sworn in as Sierra Leone’s new President.

"I also commend the immediate past president, Ernest Bai Koroma and other presidential candidates, including the candidate of the All People’s Congress (APC), Mr. Samura Kamara, for supporting the processes of credible elections and allowing a peaceful power transfer from the ruling party to the opposition, to take place.

"President Bio’s victory and subsequent peaceful transfer of power show that democracy is surely being consolidated in our sub-region".

The man, who accepted defeat in Nigeria's 2015 Presidential election before official results were announced, led the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Observation Mission to Sierra Leone. 

"I am delighted to have witnessed the process, having led the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Observation Mission to Sierra Leone.

"I also thank the people of Sierra Leone for trusting us as leaders of different observer missions to have offered us a ringside view of the processes that gave birth to this beautiful outcome.

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"Once more, I congratulate President Maada Bio and the good people of Sierra Leone on this new dawn, and wish them the best as they join hands to move their country forward," the former leader of Africa most populous nation said. 

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