MONROVIA: Amidst insinuation that he was quitting the Campaign structure of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) because he was opposed to talk show Henry Pedro Costa joining the team President George Manneh Weah’s campaign team, Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe of Bomi County has denied ever having such thought, stressing that the story was untrue and that he was committed to the re-election bid of President Weah.
Speaking in his office at the Capitol Building on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, Snowe said he was making the clarifications because “in the last 24 hours I have been receiving text messages, listening to the story on radio and reading in the papers and I thought it wise to make this clarification”.
He said as an adult when he decided to support the re-election of President Weah he did not set a condition who to work the President or not and whether within the party others may have problem with others coming on board, that was their prerogative but “for me, I am committed to the overall objective of the President’s reelection bid.
He also dismissed the story that made the round that the relationship between the President and him has been strained owing to the poor performance of the ruling CDC in Bomi County where the party was expected to do well as per the assurance given to the President by Snowe prior to the general elections. Snowe currently serves as the campaign chairman for Western Liberia of CDC.
Asked what could be the reason why CDC did not perform as expected, the Bomi County Senator said the party did not perform badly as it has been insinuated but admitted that there were other factors like voter trucking that took place which they did not factor in from the beginning.
He said President Weah got some 15,000 votes just like the senatorial candidate Dorley he supported. He said Dorley won in Tubman, Klay and other places while he came second in other areas, indicating consistency in the voting pattern.
Snowe said why they had thought they did their ground work, the massive voters trucking that went on in the area where the Senator elect, Alex Tyler won was their undoing but his team has understood the causes of the performance “and thank God there is a runoff and all the errors have been identified and the some of the solutions found.
“The election was competitive; it was not a walk in the park as it has gone into runoff and luckily for us, we will correct all the mistakes of the past and move forward”, he said
Snowe also said it was not true that he had switched off his phones to avoid journalists from confronting him on the circumstances surrounding the election and his purported resignation from the CDC campaign team. He said the fact was on the day being referenced as the time he switched off his phone, the senate was in session discussing some crucial national issues and he had to switch off because he wanted to be focused on the discussion.
“I have never hidden myself from flagging issues in the presence of others at the national legislature and there was no way he could have switched off his phone thereby depriving others from conveying messages that could be impacting on governance.
“Again we want to remind our supporters that we remain committed to the cause of a healthy democracy in the country. In fact, I lost my speakership position some years ago when the former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said I was speaking on critical national issues that I was not willing to compromise.