It may be shocking to many political pundits that the stronghold of Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba County over the weekend petitioned the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC political leader, Senator George Mannah Weah to contest the impending 2017 Presidential election.
The petition ceremony which was carried out in Ganta City, Nimba County took placed at the same time when Senator Johnson had gone to Ganta to dedicate some projects constructed by him, but the citizens of Ganta reportedly abandoned the dedicatory ceremony instead in their numbers paraded with Sen. Weah in the principle streets of commercial city of Ganta in the heavy down pour of rain.
The parade which was joined by Representatives Edwin Snowe, Jeremiah Koung, Henry B. Fanhbulleh, Saah Joseph, and Julius Berrien among others saw streets of Ganta block by partisans, sympathizers and well-wishers.
CDC had earlier taken its ten anniversary celebrations in the northern part of the country, the petitioners, through their spokesman march to the Methodist compound in total celebrations and jubilation for CDC selecting their county for the anniversary said that it is time for Liberia to elect someone who has the country.
Mr. Franklin Sayetokah said that the Montserrado County has moral and political might to redeem Liberia from its current stage of economic turmoil. Sayetokah added that Weah is biological son of Nimba County and it is time for the county to initiate the process of blessing him for the Liberian presidency.
“Weah is our born, we have gathered through history that this man from here and we are proud of him. This petition means that we the people of Nimba County will stand by you in these electioneering processes. We need you at the mansion because the hope and future of our children rest in your hand,” Mr. Sayetokah said to the gathering.
The residents also used the occasioned to named Weah as “Saye” in the Mano tribe. Weah was later gowned by women of Ganta City as way of identifying with him and appreciating his contributions to the development of a country that had suffered 14 years of brutal civil war.
Responding to the petition, Senator Weah said that he will response to the petition at a later date especially following some consultations with opinion leaders. Addressing the gatherings, Weah said that while is truth that CDC remain the biggest political party in the country, but the party is open to merger talk with political parties that have same ideologies’ for the impending election.
“While is true that CDC is the biggest party here, but we need support other parties that have platform like ours. We should fool ourselves one party cannot win election in a one round victory. The CDC will like to work political parties for the coming 2017 Presidential Election,” the former peace and reconciliation ambassador said.
According to him, impending election is crucial to his party and the people of Liberia. He noted that the Liberian people need redemption from the current administration. By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor – Edited by Othello B. Garblah