MONROVIA: Liberia’s third original province, Sinoe County, emptied itself into the capital city of Greenville Sunday, forming unarguably the largest post-conflict assembly of the people there to petition Senator Juojulu Milton Teahjay seeking reelection in October 2023.
Torrential rains that bombarded the coastal city was no match for the tenacity of the avalanches of citizens who had trooped from every nook and corner of the county to form part of the petitioning ceremony.
Earlier Saturday afternoon and evening hours saw the inundation of Greenville by crowds of supporters and sympathizers from the three major constituencies of Sinoe County comprising nearly ten county districts and hundreds of communities.
The streams of citizens pouring into Greenville continued Sunday morning and by midday there no enough space for easier passages by vehicles and regular residents of the city.
Teahjay had slept in his home town of Unification City after his convoy from Monrovia moved in snail-pace due to intermittent stoppages apparently delightedly encountered from the border with River Cess County due to waiting crowds of predominantly youth and women along the highway forming celebratory obstructions as they rushed on the road, brandishing and waiving palm branches.
Arriving in Greenville Sunday from Unification City to Greenville was another uphill task for the senator’s convoy, as communities along the 30-mile route insisted he would not pass by without disembarking and acknowledging their ovations and celebrations.
By the time B52, as Senator Teahjay is fondly called by supporters due to his powerful political pedigree, and his entourage managed to wend their way through the blockages of pedestrians and residents from Tarjuowon communities through Butaw into Greenville, it was 3pm Sunday.
Butaw Junction to Greenville route was particularly nearly impenetrable as spirited and emotions-drunk residents literally laid seize on the convoy, dwarfing speed to below snail pace.
Meanwhile, advance delegations from the districts of Kparnyan, Juarzon, Kabada, Jaedae, Tarjuowon, Butaw, Numopoo, Weljah, and others, who had kept Greenville City jostling throughout Saturday night, had flooded the Greenville City Hall and major corridors of the city, particularly the major street linking Plant Site and Down Town.
Also awaiting the arrival of the Senator and his half-mile entourage as they stepped feet on the outskirt of Greenville was a densely foggy weather midwifed by hammering rains that many not only described as “showers of blessing” and “symbolism of victory” but also stimulant of celebrations.
The stampeding crowds heartedly trekked under the rain, signing and dancing pro-Teahjay songs as they matched on from the outskirts to the city center.
Entering the city square where the City Hall is situated was a demanding battle, and, as was rightly predicted, its immediate land space was already teeming to pass through easily. It took lip-biting efforts on the part of the caravans of crowds trekking along the Senator to make their way into the jam-packed Hall.
It seemed the mammoth assembly of Sinoe County people representing nearly all demographic groups and all political subdivisions of the county were in Greenville more for celebrations, ovations and dining and winning than to convince people by way of colorful speeches.
“We, the silent majority of Sinoeans, have had the opportunity to come this far, not to talk too much; for Teahjay’s handiworks and deportment eloquently speak for themselves clearly and forcefully that every dick and harry who is a bonafide Sinoean sees it, and knows it,” the petitioners said.
“Senator Milton Teahjay is the only politician in Sinoe County and perhaps throughout Liberia whose developmental impacts cut across and are felt in all communities, county districts, statutory districts and constituency districts. Most notable of his interventions are felt profoundly in the social service infrastructure sector—health, education, roads—and in job creating or job provision for citizens, mainly young people.”
The petitioners added: “Wherever Sinoe begins and ends; be it the north or the south, or the east or the west of the County, there are Sinoeans who are beneficiaries of schools, or clinics, or roads, or jobs, or scholarships, or solar lights or electric lights, provided by Senator Teahjay.
“Besides, the people of Sinoe County, predominantly the Kru and Sarpo kinsmen and our strangers dwelling with us, are not fools. We are fully aware of the fact that Sinoe County is one of the biggest names in Liberian politics; Sinoe County was present when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1847. Sons and daughters of Sinoe County are known to always be at the top of political decision-makings—at the forefront of national endeavors—never at the tail. Compared with his opponent(s), J. Milton Teahjay is most suited, most deserving and most qualified. We know just one man for now who can stand in the place of the likes of Harrison Grisby or Lloyd Mitchell Grisby, or James E. Green, or Fred J. Blay—someone who is a fighter, who is able to wrestle amongst peers and make Sinoe County win.
“That person, who is the Pride and Face of Sinoe County, who is not given to mediocrity, con artistry, and is not a neophyte in politics, education and intellectualism, is J. Milton Teahjay. How can we, the intelligent, proud, educated, politically savvy people Sinoe County, the third original county of the Republic of Liberia, take another one else besides Senator Teahjay. History would not have forgiven us—James E. Green and all the great people of this great county—would not have pardoned us if we did otherwise.
“Teahjay is the real deal. He’s the only one amongst the rest, who is able represent the dignity, the history and the image of this great county.”
Senator Teahjay was elected January 2014 and took office 2015, after he had defeated incumbent senator Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan.