MONROVIA: The national structure of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) swelled over the weekend in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County, thereby boosting the reelection of President George Manneh and VP Jewel Howard Taylor when some defeated legislative candidates with strong showing in the just concluded general elections endorsed the CDC ticket and committed themselves to the actualization of the securing a second term for the incumbency.
According to our correspondent who covered the occasion where Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor received the endorsement on behalf of President Weah, those who endorsed the CDC ticket are Paul Kouboi Kennedy, a Senatorial candidate who hails from Bopolu District and came up with over 5,000 votes as per NEC record, Representative Alfred Gayflor Koiwood who also contested for the senate with over 9,000 votes while representative candidates Titus Kamara, Jomah Scott and Fatu Sheriff-Schmidt also took part in the endorsement.
The ceremony was part of the activities attended by Vice President Taylor including the graduation program of the Dekegai Vocational Training Center where she served as keynote speaker and as another way of reaching out to citizens in the county to solicit support in preparation for the presidential runoff slated for November 14, 2023.
Speaking on behalf of the candidates, Paul Kouboi Kennedy said though they had all contested the general election in the first round on various platforms and were not successful, but it was incumbent upon them to make the right choice on who is the better option between the last two candidates going to the runoff, a decision which led them to picking President George Manneh Weah ahead of his challenger Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Party.
“Our decisions though taken individually were basically to choose the right candidate between two who is well suited to lead the country at this critical time of our history and that decision happened to be picking President Weah ahead of Ambassador Boakai. We have all agreed to support the ticket and ensure that President Weah and VP Taylor are returned for the second term so as to consolidate on the gains of the first term”, he said amidst cheers.
He said what informed their decision mostly was the President’s track record on development as well as the peaceful environment he has maintained and that if given another 6 years there will be more transformation in all sectors of the country.
Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe of Bomi County who is the Campaign Manager of CDC in the Western region said it is always a pleasure to see serious people joining the fold to promote the reelection bid of President Weah urging them to feel at home “as no is treated as a stranger here, you are free to make your input that will bring the utmost victory for the team in the runoff”
He said it was worth noting that citizens of Gbarpolu are always referencing the National Patriotic Party as a ruling party under former President Charles G. Taylor that created the county adding, “good to know that you are associating the creation of Gbarpolu t the NPP because the Vice President is the current Standard Bearer of NPP.
VP Taylor speaking to the new recruits described them as “honorable people who are interested in the development of Gbarpolu” and commended them for their steadfast decision to join the CDC for the forward march of the country.
She said the CDC is in the race with tangibles and not rhetoric that will deceive the people, stating that going into the second round was a formality as they were sure that the ruling party will succeed herself “because the people are resolved to reward the CDC another 6 years based on what we have done during the period under review”
The tough talking Vice President said as someone who saw the creation of the county, “Gbarpolu is a heartbeat to me and that was while I was a senator for Bong County I paid some visits here and that during my present tenure as Vice President I have visited you as a friend and family to this great county”
Speaking further on the formative history of the county, VP Taylor who emphasized that she saw everything from close range said the creation of the county opened up opportunities for the various communities in the county and have impacted on the lives of the people positively.
“Just imagine if Gbarpolu was not created as a county, by now all these areas were still going in the bush, no roads, no projects. But now that you have the county, this place has been open for development. I used to come here and I maintain in contact with the county even when I was a senator for Bong County.
“Former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai during his tenure never visited this place and you all know very well. But this is election and you can see the desperation of the Unity Party. But our people know what is good for them as they are resolved to give CDC another term into to bring more development in the country”, she said.