An aspirant for Montserrado County District 13 seat Andy B. Jallah says he wouldn’t be intimidated by detractors planting people in his camp to disrupt his petition program over the weekend.“I’m not going to be intimidated by detractors, because I know the confidence placed in me by majority of the residents of this district, they don’t scare me; I am highly prepared for this race”, he maintains.
Speaking over the weekend when hundreds of residents from 25 communities gathered at the Iron Factory football pitch to petition him to contest the November 2018 representative by-election in the district.The ceremony ended in chaos when people threw stones, forcing guests to leave the stadium.
It is not clear what led to the stone-throwing, but some sympathizers of aspirant Jallah said the disruption is as the result of fight between members of another contestant, who posted as spies in the football pitch.Among 25 communities that petitioned Jallah include Agape Sister, Jennie Alumina Association, and others.
Reading a petition statement, the Student Representative of Jennie Alumina Association Charles B. Coffey asserts, “We extend our appreciation to you for accepting this petition as the most formidable force in this by-election of district 13”.
Charles explains association’s decision to petition Mr. Jallah is as a result of keenly scrutinizing individuals aspiring for the district’s seat.In response to the petition, Jallah says he enters the race to represent his people and restore their lost hope.
He describes the event as very historical and tremendous experience in his political and personal life, given the high level of confidence reposed in him by residents of the district as manifested in their overwhelming endorsement speeches.
“My contestation in this election is not based on my qualification requirement by the National Elections Commission or NEC and the Constitution, but rather to represent your views and aspirations in the legislature.”
Jallah notes that he is fully aware of countless challenges in the district, but he cherishes those challenges, because he quotes, as the saying goes, what does not move you, will not make you better.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne