Barely a week after she declared her intention to contest for the Montserrado County senatorial seat in December, Madam Jemima Wolokolie has been endorsed by a local pressure group, Liberians in Support of Democratic Change (LSDC).
LSDC is an emerging politically influential organization which draws its membership largely from the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in all 17 electoral districts of Montserrado.
Speaking in Sinkor over the weekend, members of LSDC welcomed Madam Wolokolie’s bid for the senatorial race and pledged their unwavering support to what they termed as her quest to bring democratic value besides politics of the CDC and the Liberian Legislature. They expressed confidence in her ability to engender the necessary change and deliver on her vision for the party, Montserrado County and Liberia, if given the opportunity to serve in the Senate.
Members of the LSDC, who comprised of coordinators, zonal heads and youth leaders, promised to recruit more residents from their various districts and communities to join the Wolokolie initiative for the good of Montserrado and the entire country.
They called on President George Weah, who has named himself “the feminist in-chief” of Liberia to demonstrate his desire to promote the cause of women by supporting the senatorial bid of Madam Wolokolie, as she aspires to breach the gender gap in the Liberian Senate, currently with one female Senator, NyonbleeKarngar-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County.
In response, Madam Wolokolie, who is also Deputy Commerce Minister for Small Businesses, said her decision to contest the Montserrado midterm senatorial elections grew out of her desire to give voice to women and sustain her advocacy for transparency, accountability and pluralistic participation in the decision-making processes of the CDC and the Liberian Legislature.
She vowed to justify the confidence of Liberian women and ordinary Liberians who believe in her vision and are supporting her quest to bring new dynamism in the legislative politics of Liberia. Editing by Jonathan Browne