By Kruah Thompson
Montserrado County Senator, A. Darius Dallon, now a member of the faction of the Liberty Party that is collaborating with the Unity Party of former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, vows here that the UP will defeat incumbent President George Manneh Weah in October by six hundred thousand (600,000) votes.
Addressing supporters on Thursday, August 24, 2023, during the Unity Party’s fundraising rally in Montserrado County electoral district#9, Senator Dallon said the UP will not only achieve victory but to secure a commanding lead in the polls.
He criticizes the Weah administration for poor performance and accuses the President of obstructing the nation’s progress and neglecting concerns of everyday citizens.
Senator Dallon vows to campaign rigorously on a platform of transparency, accountability, and economic revitalization while revealing plan by an elected UP government to audit the current administration and hold all individuals accountable, if they are tried and found guilty of corruption.
He frowns at drug abuse in Liberia, noting “We are steadfast in our mission to replace George Weah and his associates, eradicating the scourge of drug abuse and its detrimental impact on our nation.”
According to Dillon, a UP government will not only fight drug abuse but also ensure rehabilitation and reintegration of victims into society as productive individuals.
He outlines Presidential Candidate Boakai’s strategy to boost economic growth and create jobs by fostering environmental investment, detailing “Our priority is empowering citizens, not engaging in mere rhetoric. We will encourage investment, and the private sector will flourish under our leadership.”
He promises that if elected President comes October, Amb. Boakai will declare his assets before taking office.
“Asset declaration is crucial for accountability,” he says, emphasizing “Knowing what officials have will help the public understand their actions while in government.”
Dallon, who is the UP campaign chair for Montserrado, says a Boakai-led government will investigate corruption and bring those who have stolen from government to justice, adding that without such actions, the notion of looting the country could become normalized.
He also speaks of education and healthcare, promising that the UP will overhaul public schools across the country from kindergarten to 12th grade to deliver quality education that could compete with private institutions.
According to him, the UP will also improve retirement in the public sector by advocating for a comprehensive plan that would provide comfort and peace for citizens in their old age.
He cites Boakai’s agricultural expertise as a differentiating factor in the race to the Executive Mansion, saying “Boakai is the only candidate who truly understands agriculture.” The UP Standard Bearer once served as head of the former Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) in the 80s and minister of agriculture respectively. Editing by Jonathan Browne