“Vote for Development-Oriented Person, Not Cusser” -VP Taylor Implores District 10, As Campaign Gains Steam on Day 3

MONROVIA: In continuation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Montserrado County campaign tour, President Weah and entourage visited District #10 in Sinkor, Monrovia on Thursday, August 10, 2023. District #10 remains the stronghold of opposition lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah, for which the ruling party has put up its candidate Josephine Davies to contest that strategic seat in the honorable House of Representatives.

At the jam-packed campaign program, Liberia’s first female Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor rallied the residents of district 10 to make the right choice and vote for someone who is prepared to transform their lives, not someone is always bent on issuing invectives and doesn’t even live in the district anymore.

“The first thing I want to say to you in District 10 is that representation means people should speak for you. People should know your interest. They should know what you want. And the work in the legislature is supposed to transform your lives. It’s not about cussing business. District 10, someone who doesn’t live in your community, do they even know what’s happening to you? Some people finish moving to different place, so they have no vested interest. Because if I am living somewhere and there is no water there, it will affect me, right? If there’s no light there, I will know what the people are talking.

“But if I move myself to Capitol Hill and be sitting down there and leave my people where they are, then that means I am not interested. So, for me, this District 10 issue is resolved. District 10 what do you say, is the issue resolved?” Vice President Jewel Taylor roared, as the crowd answered “Yes!!!!”

VP Taylor who herself is a resident of District #10 said she is adding her voice to the President and to Senator Saah Joseph, and to all of the leaders here, for the residents of District 10 to go on October 10 and vote for Honorable Josephine Davies.

“She is a woman of her word. She is a woman with foresight. She is committed and dedicated. She is a change agent. On top of that, she’s hard working. I live in District 10, so my vote is going to her too. If we give her our vote, with the support of the Senator of the county, with the vote of my father, the president, great things will happen in District 10.

“So, let’s just shift small. If you give somebody a chance to serve you and they don’t serve you, what do you do? You put them down and bring in a new person. Nothing spoil, it’s not friendship business we are on here. So, I want to remind you that the most important vote for you will be the President’s vote, and then the district 10 vote, to ensure that the things that you talked about as we visiting the district will be done.

“I had a meeting in District 10 and I told the people of District 10 that I will join my voice with Honorable Davies when she’s elected, so you will have one and a half representatives. Are you not happy? Together, we will change this district for the better.

“The second thing I want to say is, I met Ambassador George Manneh Weah many years ago, when he was not even thinking about being senator, before you say president. I listened to him that day talk about the country that he loved, talking the stress of the people; and what he wanted to see for the young people of Liberia. And as he sat on Staten Island that day and spoke to few of us who were there, he began to plan about how he would come and make a difference in the lives of the people who were in the war. He kept that promise.

“Another incidence I can recall is we were in the Senate and a group of young children went to beg for WAEC fees. They sat in the Capitol Building all day until he arrived, and all of them went in his office. He said, ‘what happened here?’ They said they want WAEC fees. He said, ‘this WAEC fees that the people are suffering the children, this is government’s responsibility. I promise your if I ever become president, I will make sure government will pay it. So, the president we’re talking about today is a visionary leader. He wants better for his people. He has proven it by his record. And he’s a promise keeper; whatever he says, he will do.

“In 2017 as we travelled across the country, I listened to his speeches and the plans that he had for our country. Mr. President, I want to add my voice to the millions of Liberians who continue to say thank you Mr. President. Thank you for bringing life to the young people, Mr. President. Thank you for giving hope to our people so that they go to any university across Liberia that are public universities, and they’re almost free. I also want to say thank you to our teachers, thank you for our medical professionals, thank you to our civil servants, thank you for those in Public Works and in Rural Development and all across our country. You have indeed made a difference, Mr. President. And we know that you do much more when you are given the next opportunity. I want to use this platform, if I have not said it before, to thank you for your work; thank you for your commitment; thank you for your vision, thank you for your inspiration. You inspired all of us to do what we are doing across the country.

“And I want to say thank you for lifting the hands of women long before today. You have brought women to the forefront since you got into politics. Even when you didn’t win, you made sure that women won. So, I know how important women are to you. Not just educated women, or women who are on the side. You are concerned about all of us. If you had not given me the chance to be your vice president, Mr. President, I would not be the first female vice president of the republic.  And I am totally grateful.

“I promise you my fullest pledge. Whatever you need, you have my 100 percent commitment. We will go across the length of Liberia; we will take the message that President George Manneh Weah is a genuine leader. He is a leader with vision. He is ready to transform our socio-political environment; and he is interested in bringing our young people from one level to other one.

“Mr. President, we want to encourage you, we want to ask God to continue to take care of you. To give you the wisdom that you will need for the next phase; because I am certain that we’ve already passed this stage.

“Do not pay attention to the noise. Keep your eyes focused on the dreams that God has put in your heart, and continue to work for your country because your people are depending on you,” VP Taylor said, as the crowd cheered tumultuously while music blared from the speakers as she took her exit.

Weah makes case for Josephine Davies and CDC

As usual, President George Weah, in taking to the podium, thanked the residents of District #10 for showing up for the campaign tour, and called on them to make the right choice by voting for Representative Aspirant Josephine Davies, incumbent Montserrado County Senator Saah Joseph and himself.

“Today, I have done so much, and I am confident you will vote me again. To our first-time voters, when some of you were not born, your parent followed the struggle, they promoted the struggle; they helped us, they guided us. And because of them today, we are doing what are doing for our country and for you. “First-time voters, I was once like you, it was difficult for me to get in school. Someone helped to pay my school fees. Today I am the president, I wish at that time I had the opportunity, but it was difficult. Today, you have free tuition and WAEC fees payment. Not because it didn’t happen for me, it shouldn’t happen for you.

“If your representative cannot tell you how he can develop your community, but can only to the streets to insult people, it is not the insult that will grow your community. So, we are bringing people to you that will not insult government; they will help you to build your community.  I am not the only one. The young man’s own brother came here and said he’s angry because the man is insulting me. And that brother is a Weahcian. He knows what I have done for our country.  Because he’s honest, he doesn’t want to join his brother. So, I am asking you; if you want development in this place, bring people that are responsible to develop you. And I tell you, Josephine is responsible. She will help you because she’s got connection with the government.

“Do not elect anyone that cannot dialogue with government; that has no connection with government. The government is your government. Today, we are here because of you, not because of us. You can tell, because we are asking you again to give us mandate, to allow us to leave a legacy,” President Weah, among other things, stated.

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