By: Gabriel F K Musu, in Maryland County
HARPER: In continuation of his Southeastern tour, the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Alexander B. Cummings arrived yesterday in his home town Gbeken, Karluway District in Maryland County where he was warmly welcomed by traditional leaders comprising chiefs, elders, rural women and the youths.
Mr. Cummings’ visit to his birthplace Gbeken is seen by many as a highly symbolic gesture as it is expected to quash rumors from his critics who have been speculating that the CPP political leader does not hail from Maryland County.
Cummings’ entry into Gbeken was occasioned by a massive turnout of the citizens who seemed genuinely overjoyed at seeing their son’s return to his birthplace especially on the cusp of a major presidential election in which he is contesting as one of the leading contenders for the highest seat in the land.
Welcoming Mr. Cummings and entourage into Gbeken, Madam Cecelia Davis, speaking on behalf of the Karluway District Rural Women praised the CPP standard-bearer and his delegation for identifying Gbeken as his birthplace.
Presenting Mr. Cummings with a traditional country cloth shirt, Madam Davis said the gift signifies a mother’s birth to a worthy child in the Grebo vernacular.
Madam Davis especially hailed Mr. Cummings for identifying with his birthplace Gbeken since in fact speculation had been making the rounds that the CPP standard-bearer did not hail from Maryland County, most especially Gbeken Town, Karluway District.
Speaking on behalf of the elders, chief elder Pa Joe Wilson explained how Mr. Cummings’ parents lived in Gbeken Town during his birth, before they later moved to Harper District in search for better life.
“My son, we will never reject, even though there are rumors all around that you said you are from Nimba county while others say you hail from Grand Bassa County,” Elder Wilson told the visiting statesman.
Responding to the hearty reception accorded his delegation, Mr. Cummings heaped praises on the rural women and traditional chiefs of Gbeken, thanking them for accepting him as their son and showing up to welcome him back to his birthplace.
“Indeed, you have shown me love. You never neglected me nor denied me access to my grandfather’s home,” Cummings told the people of Gbeken.
The CPP standard-bearer vowed to remain the most famous face of the southeast in the 2023 presidential elections, pledging to use the CPP as the best vehicle to redeem Liberia by ensuring economic stability through jobs creation and added opportunities.
Cummings used the occasion to lament the deplorable living conditions of Liberians, especially his people from Southeastern Liberia. He frowned on how the George Weah-led administration has dragged Liberia down the path of backwardness, wherein the country lacks in infrastructural development and human resources capacity building.
Mr. Cummings and delegation spent last night in his hometown Gbeken as the citizens regaled them with traditional performances throughout the course of the night. The team is expected to leave today, Monday, June 12, 2023 for River Gee County, and return to Maryland County on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 where Mr. Cummings will tour Harper and Pleebo Districts.
Mr. Cummings will then extend his tour of the Southeast to Grand Kru County on Wednesday, June 14.