McGill Woos Margibi For Weah’s Re-election -Spreads Social Services, Including Breaking for Major Road
MONROVIA: When the final count of the first round of balloting was done by the National Elections, a couple of contradictions were noticed wherein legislative candidates won counties and districts, while presidential candidates of parties on whose ticket they ran didn’t. And there presidential candidates who won counties and districts but some legislative candidates on the parties’ ticket didn’t. Margibi County, is one typical example of the scenario: Senatorial Candidate Nathaniel McGill won massively but his CDC party’s presidential candidate, President George Manneh Weah, lost the county. It seems the odds are now being corrected, and Senator-elect McGill has intensified his campaign across Margibi County, delivering promises made during the campaign, including the soon-to-be reconstruction of the Bullorqeulleh Road, a major in-county route—all in a bid to sharpen the President’s chances of winning the county. THE ANALYST reports.
After securing the senatorial seat of one of Liberia’s votes-rich counties in the just concluded general elections, former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel Farlo McGill, has returned to the trenches to seek votes for President George Manneh Weah.
The Senator-elect has increased the tempo and widened engagements ahead of the Tuesday, November 14, 2023 presidential runoff elections, purposely to woo more citizens of Margibi to vote his former boss, President Weah.
Though McGill won the Margibi Senatorial Seat in the October 10, 2023 on the ticket of the Coalition for Democratic Change, and did so bigly, his Standard Bearer, George Manneh Weah was topped in number by rival Joseph N. Boakai of the Unity Party.
While he is yet to be sworn into office, Mr. McGill has already begun to meet some of his promises made during the general elections campaign, something actually intended to boost the chances of President’s reelection.
Amongst other things, over the weekend, he broke ground for the rehabilitation of the Bullorqeulleh Road, a major highway in Weala, Margibi County. The road connects several communities up to Bong Mines in Bong County.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the road which has been inaccessible by vehicles for years, Mr. McGill said it is high time that the people of Margibi braced up for development and stopped listening to rhetoric that will lead them nowhere.
He said a second term win for President Weah will ensure that the development and progress of Margibi County and its citizens will remain paramount, promoted and protected.
Amid cheers at the well attended program held, the Senator-elect said the time for “deceiving the people for their votes in Margibi County is over; we now have to think outside of the box to decide what is good for us as a county and people because others are advancing and we are here being lied to by politicians who cannot actually help.”
He said: “As I continue to tell you even before the just concluded election, the Margibi we want to build is the Margibi that all of us will have to come together to build. It has been done by serious people who will want to think first about the county and its people and the way to do it is to allow people who genuinely have your interest at heart to serve you.
“President Weah has much passion to develop the country, including Margibi County; if it is not so I will not support him. I am supporting him and encouraging you to do the same because he has demonstrated to the country that he has what it takes to change this country. Thus, Margibi should be in the forefront of what he wants to do in this country.”
Continuing, the former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs said: “All the 7 lawmakers in the county are supporting one Presidential Candidate, that is George Manneh Weah, and if you people including the town chiefs and others don’t listen to us and go do different things, then don’t blame us, you should blame yourselves.”
He named the seven lawmakers who are backing President Weah in his second term bid as Senator Emmanuel Nuquay, Opee Roland Cooper(D#1), Ivar K. Jones( D#2), Ellen A. Attoh-Wreh(D#3), Emmanuel Yarh(D#4),Clarence G. Garh(D#5) and himself.
He said with the caliber of leaders that will be representing the county in the 55th national legislature, the people should be upbeat that the developmental landscape of the Margibi will radically change, adding: “But to make this work, we need to work with a President that knows us, that believes us, that will see us as trusted friends and partners for him to look in the direction we want to take the county.”
He thanked the people of Margibi for election him but noted that “the job is not yet over”.
“You have to turn out in your numbers on November 14 to elect President Weah, the man on whose behalf we have come to speak to you,” he noted. “The man that has shown tremendous interest to develop this county, to build our roads, to give our children opportunities to attend free schools including universities and colleges without you paying anything.”
He challenged the young people to take advantage of the second term of President Weah “because he has great plans for you as you can see that in the first term he offered free scholarships for higher education, paid WASSCE fees and has promised to make free education at all levels including paying for graduation fees for students throughout the country.”
He congratulated Representative Emmanuel Yarh for his election to represent the people of District #4 where the project is located, describing his election as “a great addition to the already charged team for development in the county”.
Representative Yarh who had earlier spoken said he was grateful that one of the promises made to the people of D#4 was taking off even when he was yet to be inaugurated.
He commended President Weah for believing in him, assuring the President that come November 14, 2023, the people of District #4 will reciprocate their gesture by voting him en masse to secure his second term.
McGill and entourage later held a closed door meeting with chiefs, elders and other key stakeholders.
It was later on revealed that during the meeting the elders assured their new Senator that their votes for President Weah will not be negotiated.