Cummings Receives Huge Welcome in Kakata, As ALP Partisans Join ANC -Says Level Of Poverty And Suffering Will Seal Weah’s Fate In 2023

Amidst singing, dancing, chanting of slogans and songs and marching through the main street, The Political Leader and Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings and entourage over the weekend received a huge welcome from jubilant supporters and well wishers running in their hundreds in Kakata, Margibi County to attend a crossover ceremony of former executives and council of elders from  the All Liberia Party(ALP)  of Mr. Benoni Urey where Mr. Cummings delivered  a reassuring message  that the prevalent level of poverty and sufferings under President George Manneh Weah will seal the President’s fate in 2023.

The surging supporters  who had come from near and far in the country chanted solidarity songs and slogans  for Mr. Cummings and entourage and showered praises and commended him for his resilience during the five month of what they called a “bogus trial” that was later on discontinued on the request of the state prosecutors. They in turn pledged their unflinching support for his Presidential bid come 2023.

Former Margibi County ALP Chairman and spokesperson for the defectors, Mr. Alfred B. S. Jerbo said after nine years of unfruitful engagements and marginalization, he along with the entire leadership have decided to wave farewell to the ALP and bought into the ANC vision for real change in Liberia, thus subscribing to its full membership.

He said executive  members of 10 of the 15 counties of the ALP, have tendered in their resignations due to dissatisfaction and are now members of the ANC.

Margibi County has five Districts with an estimated 188,000 eligible voters, according to reports by ALP former executives.

Mr. Jerbo lauded the ANC Political Leader for his excellent leadership qualities while also praising the ANC manifesto, which he said attempts to address critical national issues left too long undone, that will accelerate economic development and growth, as well as create more jobs and opportunities for the betterment of Liberia.

He recalled Mr. Cummings’ significant contributions of food, medicine and equipment to health facilities in Margibi County during the outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 and COVID-19 in 2019 and affirmed that his humanitarian gestures will long be cherished by the people.

Welcoming the former ALP executives and Council of Elders to the ANC,  Cummings who despite his just ended trial had been on the road to reach out to electorates,  expressed gratitude to the new members for the strong decision, especially the sacrifice to abandon their respective high positions to join the ANC as regular members.The businessman turned politician reaffirmed his commitment to the pursuit of real change and the promotion of good governance, where all Liberians by virtue of their hard work, qualifications and competence, will have equal access to jobs and opportunities.

He said it is repugnant and totally unacceptable with the abundance of natural resources, that vast majority of Liberians are subjected to extreme poverty due to massive corruption and misrule by President George Weah and his administration.

In what was described as an indictment on the poor performance of President and what the electorates will have in store for him, Cummings said Liberians will grade and decide President George Weah’s fate in the 2023 general elections, based on the margins of their current economic status, whether they are living better or sinking deeper into abject poverty, asserting that the ANC and the millions of other Liberians suffering  due to Weah’s misrule are determined to work in collaboration with other political parties to vote and make him a one term President.

“The Liberian economy has performed very poorly in the last five years, unable to attract foreign investment, with rampant corruption in every sector and high unemployment especially among the youths. Deteriorating social services including electricity, access to water, sanitation, and health care, and the messy educational system are adding to the daily frustrations of Liberians”, he Cummings said.

Amidst thunderous cheers, Cummings said the hopeless and deplorable living conditions coupled with growing insecurities including mysterious killings and disappearances, in addition to the vexing challenge of soaring food prices, are factors that have rendered the Weah administration incapable of ruling and impossible to win a second term.

Earlier, ANC Margibi County Chairman, Mr. Mathew K. Gungrien also welcomed the former ALP executives and elders for their decision to leave their party to join the ANC in pushing for the Presidency in 2023. Margibi according to voting statistics has 188,000 registered voters, making it one of the vote rich counties in the country

Meanwhile the ANC number partisan had earlier spoken at a local intellectual center called Friends of Friends in Monrovia on Friday, June 10, 2022 where he had an interactive session and fielded answers to a number of questions on trending national issues leading to the 2023 general elections.

In response to a question about security reforms to halt the influx of dangerous substances and the increasing crime rates including mysterious killings and disappearances of citizens, Mr. Cummings said an ANC government will depoliticize the security sector, ensure adequate funding for training and empower the police to conduct independent and professional investigations, and will ensure perpetrators be made to face the full force of the law.

He said youths on drugs will be rehabilitated and provided vocational training skills that will make them productive citizens to earn a decent living.

Commenting on  the just ended criminal trial against him which he termed as political persecution and not prosecution, Cummings said he is not perturbed but afforded him the opportunity to experience the travesty of Justice and the dire need for judicial reforms, stressing that without a strong independent Judiciary and a robust enforcement of laws, the country risks being unattractive for foreign direct investments and a recipe for lawlessness, banditry and instability.

On the question about the deteriorating health care delivery service and messy educational system, Mr. Cummings said rebuilding and improving these sectors will be top priority of an ANC government.

He reaffirmed an ANC government’s commitment to zero tolerance for corruption and the establishment of the long-delayed war and economic crimes court to judge persons bearing the greatest responsibilities in Liberia’s 14 years bloody civil war that killed a quarter million of the population and the economic looting of the country.

Mr. Cummings who has persistently said that he will be on the ballot in 2023 said Liberia after 175 years and with the abundance of natural resources, it is unacceptable for the vast majority of Liberians to be living in extreme poverty, while public officials in the Weah government continues to steal and amass wealth. He said the masses deserve better, and made a clarion call on all Liberians to support the ANC quest for real change in Liberia.

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