Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai hope of succeeding his boss, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to be ignited by his kinsmen from the northern Liberian County of Lofa, a place he was first petitioned to contest the 2017 presidential elections today.
The reaffirmation of their petition of Boakai’s presidential bid comes as Veep celebrates his 72th birth anniversary today, with a gathering of natives and friends of Lofa comprising of citizens from the rest of the fourteen counties at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium or ATS in Monrovia.
Though it is not clear who the friends of Lofa are, but one thing is certain is that the gathering at the ATS is expected to be dominated by partisans of the ruling Unity Party or UP. In a statement issued by the Committee of Lofa County Citizens for 2017, on Sunday, the group said the program though planned to celebrate the ruling Party’s presidential hopeful birthday but its main intent is to reaffirm their support for the Veep’s presidential bid.
“VeepBoakai has been an outstanding public servant, a patriot, a gracious and selfless leader, and an icon of humility and integrity as well as an epitome of peace and tranquility,” the committee said adding “VeepBoakai has made Lofa and the rest of the counties profoundly proud indicative of his remarkable and revealing public service stewardship spanning over 36 years, as such, we find it compellingly befitting, appropriate and well-deserving to celebrate the life of this distinguished gentleman in no small way”.
Citizens of Lofa in 2015 petitioned Vice President Boakai to contest the 2017 presidential election, a petition that drew President Sirleaf’s endorsement months later before the ruling party’s convention in July of this year.-Othello B. Garblah