Liberia’s Vice President Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai has toured three counties in western Liberia, trying to convince citizens why they should elect him the next President of Liberia.
“If you buy a new car, would expect yourself to have a new driver or will you prefer the old driver; I think the old driver is preferable because he understands the difficulties and challenges that the old car used to give him.”
Mr. Boakai spoke in these parables over the weekend in Gbarma District, Gbarpolu County during a three-county tour that covered Gbarpolu, Bomi, and Grand Cape Mount Counties, respectively where the pro-Boakai group, national movement for the election of V.P. Boakai honored him for his many invaluable contributions to the state.
The state-own Liberia Broadcasting System or LBS quotes Vice President Boakai as promising that after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ends her tenure next year, he will continue to work in the interest of the Liberian people, and push the developmental agenda of the country forward in order to reassure citizens both in and out of Liberia about the governing Unity Party’s preparedness to get a third term despite increased criticisms from members of the opposition and Liberians at large for its alleged failure.
The tour was also intended for citizens to express their unwavering support to Amb. Boakai for his tireless efforts and commitment to improving lives of Liberians. The occasion was attended by government officials and civil society representatives, among others.
Residents and county officials reportedly turned out in their numbers, including Senator Daniel Naatehn of Gbarpolu County and Representative Gertrude Lami of Bomi as well as officials from Grand Cape Mount.
The head of the movement for the election of V.P. Boakai, Mr. Ciaffa Konneh, said citizens of the three counties are keen on having history repeat itself like it happened during the regime of former Liberian President William V.S. Tubman, who after his death in 1971, his Vice President Dr. William R. Tolbert, Jr. completed his term and was subsequently elected President of Liberia based on his commitment to serve the people of Liberia.
It may be recalled the Movement for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai’s Presidency had rubbished criticisms that the Government of Liberia has failed in its deliverables to the people. The secretary general for the Movement for Boakai Presidency said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government is the first in the history of Liberia to provide high level freedom of speech where anyone could get up at any time and speak negatively about public officials without being pursued for opinions expressed. –
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne