The October elections are expected to produce many surprises as representative aspirants fight to unseat incumbent lawmakers who they claim have measurably failed to bring development to their constituents that elected them.
One of such political surprises came to limelight on 8 January in Fumday Community when the Secretary-General of the opposition party Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) in electoral district #16 Mr. Nathaniel W. Bartee, on behalf his party’s youths, pledged loyalty and unwavering support to aspirant Robert B. Teah of the ruling Unity Party (UP).
The MOVEE local official made the revelation when he spoke at the ongoing communities consultative and stakeholders meetings held in the edifice of the African Christian Fellowship International Church in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.
Bartee said the youths of MOVEE decided to stand by Mr. Teah based on his numerous scholarships and developmental initiatives in all 25 communities across district #16 since he lost the 2011 elections, coming third in the polls.
According to him, the works of the UP aspirant speaks for themselves as evidenced by his developmental commitment to the people, who continue to see his impacts on the lives of less fortunate and unprivileged population of the district over the years.
Bartee said though he is the Secretary-General of MOVEE in the district, he would rally support of all youths in the party to elect Mr. Teah during the October elections to enable him (Teah) increase development in the district.
Dozens of citizens and youths benefiting from the developmental initiatives of aspirant Teah, including the Momboe Town Center for Intellectual Exchange honored the aspirant during the consultative meeting in recognition of his humanitarian services to the communities, district and nation.
The certificate of honor from the intellectual group signed by its General Secretary Julius Andres and Chairman Mr. Emmanuel B. Jankpolo was received with standing ovation. The intellectual group described the honoree as trustworthy and credible, saying he has no corruption stigma.
Also speaking during the meeting, the Mobilization Chairman of the Unity Party (UP) Mr. Raph Jacob attested to the many developmental initiatives of aspirant Teah, including sponsorship to over 177 classroom teachers some of whom graduated from the Standard Teachers Training Institute; provision of 46,000 scholarships to underprivileged and Ebola affected children both in districts #15 and 16 respectively.
Jacob disclosed that he wants the people of the district to elect Mr. Teah because he has a credible track record amongst the many aspirants within the district, who he noted, only want power to enrich themselves at the detriment of the ordinary people. The consultative meeting was also attended by high profile individuals in society, including the chairman of the Fumday Community, among others.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne