Former Montserrado County Senatorial Candidate Bernard Benson alias DJ Blue has termed as unhealthy for the country’s democracy the high level of deception on the part of politicians during campaign seasons.
He spoke recently in the Wood Camp Community of Paynesville while donating to residents of the community 20 bags of rice and $20,000.00 Liberian Dollars in appreciation for the level of support they gave him during the Montserrado Senatorial by-election conducted early this year.
Mr. Benson came second to the ruling party Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate Saah Joseph, the winner of the polls.
The owner of Hott FM and TV station Mr. Benson says he has observed that most politicians do no fulfill their campaign promises made to electorate during election period.
He wants voters here to be mindful with politicians whom he says are in the habit of preaching rhetorics to win the admiration of voters.
Mr. Benson makes specific reference to the by-election in which he says a lawmaker paraded with transports buses in Monrovia when passengers paid LD$20.00 but could not continue with it after the election.
“I just came to show my appreciation to the Wood Camp Community in District #3. This is long overdue. I been promising them to come back and show gratitude. They did very well for me in the past election,” Mr. Benson told reporters during the donation.
He discloses that he will be a formidable [candidate] in the 2020 elections in Montserrado County, expressing hope that Liberians will judge him by his believes, his works and contributions to the society and make a rightful choice.
Bernard Benson, the Liberian International Disc Jockey (DJ) says his desire to enter the Legislature is to improve the tourism and entertainment sectors here to create jobs for young Liberians.
DJ Blue says he fears no one, but God, adding that CDC ran for about two times before winning state power.“The people are seeing more sense in my platform as compared to the previous election,” he argues.
According to Mr. Benson, he intends to interact with more communities as means of strengthening his relation with the people before 2020.The Montserrado County by – election in which Mr. Benson was defeated was created as a result of the election of President George Manneh Weah who was in the Senate when he contested the presidency and won.
Mr. Benson who ran as an independent candidate, attributes his defeat in the by-election against the CDC candidate to the lack of finance and logistics.In spite of his defeat, he praised the National Elections Commission (NEC) for professionally handling the by-elections, describing the entire process as free, fair and transparent.
He says he was overwhelmed by the huge number of young people who voted for him during the election in July. He urges his supporters not to be deterred by the defeat in the by-elections because he will be a formidable force comes 2020.