Ganta City in Nimba County will come alive on Saturday – December 4, 2021 when a renowned human rights advocate and lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe will be formally responding to Team Gongloe’s petition requesting the legal luminary to contest for the Office of the President of Liberia in the October, 2023 presidential and legislative election.
If he accepts to contest the presidency, Cllr. Gongloe who is now President of the Liberia National Bar Association of Liberia (LNBA) will be challenging heavy weights such as Unity Party’s acclaimed popular candidate Joseph N. Boakai or the Alternative National Congress’ (ANC) Alexander Cummings and erstwhile popular soccer star and heavy weight incumbent President George Manneh Weah.
Amongst others who are expected to be in the race is a seeming Liberian millionaire Dr. Daniel Cassel of the People’s Liberation Party. Usually, the Liberian Presidential race is, in recent years, flooded, making one to think that there are other names that Cllr. Gongloe would contend in the race if the Team Gongloe petition is accepted.
In a press statement issued under the signature of the Acting Head of its Committee on Media, Research & Strategy Weah Karpeh, Team Gongloe said the team is currently mobilizing Liberians particularly the people of Nimba to join the Movement in convincing the erudite Lawyer to positively respond to the petition, and to massively attend the program.
“In furtherance of the mobilization, a Team Gongloe media crew kicked off a systematic public affairs activity in Ganta, Nimba County on Monday, November 8, 2021. The crew appeared LIVE on Ganta-based Radio Kergemah and the broadcast relayed by eight (8) other FM stations across the County. Thanks to ‘One Nimba Media House’ for the classic and professional arrangement,” the press statement explained.
During the broadcast, the statement indicated that 16 persons from Liberia, USA and Cyprus participated via phone. Of this number, eight expressed their unflinching support to the Counsellor if he consented to contest, four offered suggestions, and four others said they would not vote for him.
The impressive outcome of the mini-radio sampling is a testament of how Liberians eagerly wait to see their Country transformed by an integral public servant such as Cllr. Taiwan Saye Gongloe if he is elected President of Liberia, according to the statement.
The erudite lawyer attained feats beneficial to Liberia. As Solicitor-General, among other noticeable accomplishments, he ensured that his colleagues got periodic training that enabled them to cope with time, speed and technology that the law practice demanded. Then, as Minister of Labor, he was relentless in putting to work the “Liberianization Policy” his predecessors made quiescent to the disadvantage of Liberia and Liberians.
The statement recounted the overall, stating that Taiwan’s stance on the rule of law is unequivocal, and noted further, “His uncompromising position on the issue of justice for individuals/the state has made him participate in efforts of civil society groups that petitioned the Legislature to establish Economic & War Crimes Court in Liberia in fulfillment of the recommendations tenets of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
Tiawan, the statement said, is ‘humble and handy’, and that he is a man who provides pro-bono legal services to indigenes such as journalists, student rights activists, and civil society and human rights campaigners.
Consequent to this selfless services to society, Tiawon is nicknamed “Poor-man’s Lawyer.” Then, particularly Maryland County calls him, “Waamu” – meaning ‘Bless us”; Grand Gedeh County, “Poleeyon” – connoting ‘Savior or Liberator’; and Bong County, “Nephew”.