Cummings confident about presidency
Former Coca-Cola Executive turned politician, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings says he is confident of defeating President George Weah in the upcoming 2023 October 10, Presidential election.
He said his confidence is based on what he has to offer to change the living conditions of the Liberian people, which is different realistic, and practical compared to his two closest rivals President Weah and former Vice President Joseph Boakai who boast of longer terms in public offices.
The Collaborating Political Party (CPP) Standard bearer explained that although, former Vice President Boakai has over 40 years in government services, and President Weah with about nine years, he has the vision, skills and experience Liberia requires now to change the country and reduce the suffering of our people.
He said Weah, at the peak of his popularity as a football legend, never got more than 38 percent of the votes, and now with the worst record of incompetency, ineptitude, and failed policies, makes him the most degrading choice for re-election.
Cummings made the assertion, during an interview with SKTV, an online media platform, on Sunday, February 26, 2023.
He dismissed as mere propaganda, claims by pro-government supporters that in the absence of opposition unity, the ruling CDC of President Weah will win outright in the first round of the Presidential election.
The Alternative National Congress Political leader alleged that claims of first-round victory by the CDC are schemes to cheat and manipulate the Voters Registration process and the National Population and Housing Census, with the sole purpose of rigging the election to hang on to power.
The former Coca-Cola Executive emphasized the importance of ensuring elections integrity because according to him the Weah administration will do anything to hang on to power, despite its past records of bending the rules amidst constitutional violations and incompetence to ably steer the affairs of state.
Cummings said there are serious concerns about the capacity and capability of the National Elections Commission, the need for adequate funding, and pleaded with all Liberians and stakeholders to ensure elections are held on time, to avert constitutional crisis.
The CPP leader sounded a caveat, that every attempt to rig the October 10, elections will be vehemently rejected, and prevented through strong surveillance and monitoring of the process to ensure it is free, fair, transparent and that it will reflect the will of the Liberian people.
Responding to questions about what makes him different from Mr. Weah about economic revival, Cummings said Weah’s contacts and connections are limited to soccer players, while he has vast connections with the business world, and knows how to create the kind of environment and what to do to attract foreign investments.
The CPP Standard Bearer said a conducive business environment would require a strong and independent judicial system, robust enforcement of law and order, public safety, and serious efforts to combat corruption.
On the questions of security amidst the countless numbers of mysterious disappearances, deaths, killings and murders in Liberia, Cummings said its a shame on the CDC, and noted, it is a manifestation of the ineptitude and incompetence of President Weah.
He argued that besides these mysterious killings, Liberia has turned into a major transit hub for illegal dangerous drugs and arms trafficking, causing citizens feeling unsafe to walk the streets, which makes the country unfavourable to attract foreign investors.
The CPP Standard expressed optimism about his victory and said Liberians are tired of the suffering, joblessness, high cost of living, growing insecurity, and lack of respect from Liberia’s major international partners.