President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has launched an appeal to Liberiansto stand by her vice president Mr. Joseph NyumahBoakai in his questfor the presidency against 22 registered political parties andpresidential aspirants, saying she supports him.
Addressing a crowd of supporters and other Liberians who hadgathered at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Wednesday, 30 November onMr. Boakai’s birthday celebration, President Sirleaf said she willsupport her Vice President in his presidential bid, assuring him thatshe will go with him at places even during his campaign time in the2017 presidential elections.
She reaffirmed her support to the vice president and encouraged thecitizens here to stand by him in his quest for the Liberianpresidency. The event was aired live on Okay 99.5 Fm and other stations includingstate broadcaster ELBC in Monrovia on Wednesday, 30 November.
On his birthday, Mr. Boakai pleaded with Liberians to give him thechance to lead the country, saying Liberia has been great and more canbe done if he is given the mandate by the people to lead.
While the Vice President shares the successes and shortcomings of theSirleaf administration, he, however, tells Liberians that he has his ownline of doing things, in making his case to consider him for thenation’s highest office.The Vice President said he has records of serving in administrativejobs and he has done so successfully, saying Liberia can make muchmore progress under his administration.
He said he has worked with young people over the years, unlike otherswho are now trying to discover young people. He pledged to work withyoung people when he becomes Liberia’s president.
During the live event, Okay Fm broadcaster Mr. Smith Tobey described adramatic scene at ATS when former ruling Unity Party Chair Sen. VarneySherman allegedly refused to sit close to President Sirleaf as per protocol, allegedly necessitating the transfer of Defense MinisterBrownie Samukai to the vacant seat close to the President.
Cllr. Sherman has in recent months appeared to be portraying publicbitterness against President Sirleaf, mainly after he was indicted bythe Sirleaf regime in which he works as Senator before the ruling party held its convention in Gbarnga City, Bong County and elected Boakai as its new standard bearer.
Cllr. Sherman could not hide his disagreement with President Sirleaf atthe convention, as he faced accusation following a Global Witnessreport which alleges that he and dethroned House Speaker Alex Tyler and other officials solicited and received bribery to get Sable Mining secure a concession contract.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah