President George Weah has told jubilant supporters here that he will not be a one-term president adding, that he will be declared winner of the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking during his birthday celebration on Friday, October 1, 2021, Weah said he will shut the mouth of his opponents because he will defeat them by higher margins than he did in the 2018 presidential run-off between himself and former vice president Joseph N. Boakai.
“I refuse, I refuse (to be a one-term president), God in heaven knows. I Gbekugbeh, I will defeat them more than (I did in) 2018.” Weah said to a huge applaud and shouts from his supporters.
His statement comes as a sharp response to one of the constituent leaders of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Alexander B. Cummings, who told partisans here last Wednesday that the opposition will win the 2023 presidential election to make Weah a one-term president.
But Weah laughed it out and told his partisans that after the election in 2023, God will shut the mouth of the opposition.
Weah: “I am only telling you that they say, they will make me a one-term president. (But), I will win in 2023. I declare it. I declare it. The Coalition for Democratic Change will be the winner in 2023.”
Comparing himself with his potential contenders in 2023, Weah said he has worked hard for this country and made more sacrifices, and that for him ascending to the helm of authority is not a bluff, rather, it was to bring about change.
“I have worked so hard for this country. I have sacrificed for this country. (And so) coming to this leadership wasn’t a bluff for me. Coming to this leadership was to change something. If you look around, you can see that there is a change. If you look around you, you can see the change,” he boasted.
Weah further assured his supporters that there are more changes to come during his second term in office.
“I guarantee you that in our second term there will be more changes. So don’t listen to them. I am only telling you that they say, they will make me a one-term president. (But)I refuse, I refuse. What is happening around the country, people celebrating my birthday, it was not paid for. It shows that people love me,” he said.
Liberians are not expected to head to the polls for general and presidential elections till October 2023. But the elections which are barely two years away have already started gaining momentum. The stakes are high and the preparations which are just beginning to kick off are shadows of the intensity that would come with the 2023 elections
Sworn in office in January 2018 for a six-year term in Liberia’s first transition of power between civilian presidents elected in democratic elections after Liberia’s over decade civil war, Mr. Weah, a retired international soccer icon, has since been confronting a formidable political force comprising four parties, inclusive of the former ruling Unity Party.
“I’m tired of reading in the newspapers and hearing on the radio and other social media platforms that the Collaborating Political Parties – CPP will make me, President Weah a one-term president,” he said.
“I want to assure them that they will be defeated in 2023 even more then how they got defeated in 2017.”
His CDC party which is also formed out of a tripartite arrangement among the Congress for Democratic Change, former ruling National Patriotic Party, and the Liberian People Democratic Party, will be battling against the main opposition bloc CPP, and several other political parties and alliances in 2023.
President Weah told a huge turnout of supporters and sympathizers that when the CPP hears the results of the election in 2023, it will understand that God gets his back.
He insisted that he will defeat the CPP because Liberians love him and they have him in their hearts, adding that the voice of a stranger they will never follow.
“I work for this country and suffer for it. I want to say to them, because of what we have done for this country, during election time and after, God will make sure that their mouths will be closed. I Gbekugbeh will beat them like my baby again,” President Weah continued.
According to him, coming to the presidency is not to bluff, but to change things in the country, something he said his government is gradually doing.
During President Weah’s 55th birthday celebration, seven current legislators from the House of Representatives declared their membership with the ruling Coalition for Democracy Change.
The lawmakers announcing their CDC membership were Sinoe County District #3 Rep. Matthew G. Zarzar; Bomi County District #3 Rep. Haja F. Siryon; River Gee County District #2 Rep. Byron W. Zahnwea; Lofa County District #2 Rep. Julie Fatorma Wiah and Maryland County District #3 Rep. Isaac B. Roland.
Additionally, River Gee County District #1 Rep. and River Cess County District #1 Rep. declared their membership with the CDC.
Receiving the seven new CDC partisans, President Weah thanked them for the step taken, adding that their advocacy in the House of Representatives shows that they have a clear heart for the Government of Liberia.
He said he has been following them at the Legislature, commending them for having worked with the CDC in the legislature in making sure that the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development is implemented.
In appreciation of his supporters’ huge turnout, President Weah extolled CDCians for celebrating his birthday, saying he is grateful to God for making him see his 55th birth anniversary.
“Coming from the slum it has not been easy to celebrate birthdays. The only time we can remember our birthday is in December, Christmas,” Mr. Weah said.
“The first time I ever celebrated my birthday was when I turned 22 years. But for where God took me from, I’m grateful that I can remember and celebrate my birthday,” President Weah noted.
President Weah’s 55th birth anniversary celebration at the party headquarters was organized by CDC Youth League and it was attended by partisans, several government appointees, and elected officials.
During the celebration, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor expressed excitement over the new age clocked by President Weah.
“Happy, and happy prosperous birthday Mr. President. We know you have this country at heart and are working to see this country developed and improved. I want to say happy birthday to you and enjoy your day,” VP Taylor said.
Also speaking, CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu thanked God Almighty for adding another more year to President Weah’s age.
“I’m pleased Mr. President to present to you seven members of the current Legislature who have come to officially declare their membership with the party on your birthday,” Mr. Morlu said.
For their part, the new CDC members expressed excitement in forming part of the blue revolution, adding that they have come with the truth and humble spirit to work with the CDC. https://thenewdawnliberia.com/cummings-dreams-of-cpp-victory/-By Othello B. Garblah with contribution from Lincoln G. Peters