MONROVIA: As a pathway of actualizing his re-election bid by reaching out to the last voter in the country, President George Manneh Weah took his pursuit deeper in the heartbeat of the country, Central Liberia, with his triumphant entry into Bong yesterday amidst large turnout at all places he attended political rallies and received numerous endorsements from the citizens, promising a one round victory.
Having been energized along the road from the number of endorsements he has been receiving since the start of the official kick off date on August 5, 2023, President Weah yesterday departed Monrovia for a 4 day tour of the vote rich Bong County at the head of a powerful delegation that included the Minister of Internal Affairs Varney Sirleaf, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr, Campaign Manager, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Chief of Protocol Madam Nora Finda Bundoo, among others and where met on arrival at Nyanforla Bridge, a board community between Bong and Margibi Counties.
The traditional welcome ceremony at the junction of Margibi and Bong County, performed by the Chiefs and elders of the county in the presence of the local county authority led by Superintendent Madam Esther Yarmah Walker and other officials from Bong County serving the national government including Vice President Madam Jewel Howard Taylor who went ahead of the President to oversee the activities, among others.
At the end of the brief but colorful program, President Weah and entourage departed for Salala where he dedicated a market structure to the delight of the citizens and residents such that the political rally held, the citizens coming in various groups pledged their support to the re-election of the President and assured him that will be do everything possible to ensure the victory is delivered to the President on October 10, 2023.
“Mr. President, for what you have done for us, we will also remember you on election day to make sure that you win so as to enable you to do more for us. This market building will go a long way to empower us to be engaged in commercial activities to support our family and raise money for the better of our lives”, a representative of the local branch of the Liberia Marketing Association said.
At the conclusion of the program, the President and party again departed Salala for Totota where another political rally was held at the Lutheran Mission Football Field.
Our reporter Senior Writer who is covering the President’s trip said that the gathering at the Totota rally was unprecedented in recent time as the citizens braved the rain for hours awaiting the President and then made it to the venue of the program upon the arrival of the President.
After the normal welcome ceremony by the Chiefs and elders, the City Mayor of Totota welcome the President and entourage, wish them a happy stay and then turned the symbolic key to the entrance of the city to the Superintendent Madam Walker who then presented it to the Minister of Internal Affairs who then at the tail end, presented it to the President amidst cheers from the citizens and the program got in full swing.
In her special welcome remark, the incumbent Representative of District #6, Moima Briggs Mensah said the people of District #6 and indeed the entire Bong County were excited to welcome the President and his team to the county, “the county where also our daughter, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor is the current Vice President and running mate to you Mr. President”
“We have so many things to be grateful for to you Mr. President. Besides the development projects you have undertaken in our county and beyond, we are extremely happy that you have decided to once again take our daughter as running mate in the coming October 10, 2023 general elections.
“The people of this district want to assure you that come October 10, 2023, our people will make history with you to re-elect you on a one round victory”, she said amidst cheers and shouts of “one round, one round” all over the venue.
The market women who after pledging their support to the President on the basis of his achievements over the past 6 years also made a passionate appeal to the President to recondition the Totota General Market “for us because the building needs some repair, it is leaking and the floor has damaged”.
Their request was positively responded to by the National Campaign Manager, Lenn Eugene Nagbe who said by Friday, an assessment team will be dispatched to the structure to ascertain the cost of the renovation and undertake the project subsequently.
The Chairman of the CDC National Campaign team, Bong County Chapter said the reelection of President is a “national imperative” that must be supported by all Liberians irrespective of whatever background they have because “it is a justifiable project that can be seen from the tangible developments done throughout the length and breadth of the country.
He said the people of Bong County are resolved to ensure that the President renews his mandate with the Liberian people for the next 6 years. He said they are ready, willing and able to stand with their daughter, VP Howard-Taylor who has brought pride and honor to the people of Bong County.
A young girl, Miss Zabay kept the audience spellbound during her presentation to pledge support to the President on behalf of the first time voters in the county, masterfully read her speech where she highlighted a number of projects undertaken by the President since his ascendency in 2018 in virtually all sectors of the economy.
“Mr. President, time and space cannot permit me to list all your achievements but in a summary we can say you have touched all sectors in our quest for national development and it is on this basis that your re-election is a must and a necessity that will guarantee us more developments and get the country back on its feet.
“You have demonstrated your love for the future generation of this country through the investment in education with the payment of WASSCE fees and the free tuition initiative at our higher institutions. That means we can now attend the University of Liberia and other institutions of higher learning at no cost to our poor parents and guardians”, she said.
She said most of them having benefited from the President’s efforts to secure their future through education are resolved to go all out “to make our candidates President George Manneh Weah, Representative Edward Karfiah and William Thompson or “WKT” win the ensuing general elections with massive votes.
Both Karfiah and Thompson who are contesting for the senate and the house of representative positions respectively and who spoke separately assured the President that victory was in sight and his many achievements will speak for him on election day.
President Weah who spoke at last during the rally when he mounted the stage after the Campaign Theme song was played said he was overwhelmed by the love and honor bestowed on him by turning out to listen to his message for renewal of his mandate. He said it was an opportunity given him to return to “my people who without seeing anything from me positively responded to give me resounding victory in 2017 and I did not disappoint them with the level of developments I have undertaken and completed”
“I want to say a big thank you to you for the trust you reposed in me a little over 6 years ago to give me the mandate to lead this country without seeing anything from me. It is important at this time to return to you to once again ask you for another mandate so that I can complete what I have started for you.
“Liberia is 176 years old but we have done extremely well in the last 6 years or so more than what we met on the ground in the 171 years of our existence. We believe we want to leave a legacy so that when we leave, people will say, “that hospital was built by George Weah, that road was built by George Weah, and so on and so forth”, he said.
He acknowledged the presence of the young people, especially the first time voters and having thanked them, made an appeal to them to exercise the rights to vote him on October 10, 2023 and all the candidates on the ticket of the CDC
“I know the opposition is going to come to you, and I know they will not tell you anything tangible because everything they will tell you is what we are doing. The only thing they can tell you is that they can rescue you but how people who were in power for 12 years rescue you now when they did not do it. Today, if you bring the young people here to speak, they will tell you about the free WASSCE, and free education at the higher institutions. We give you free education not as a bluff but we did it because in our generation no one gives us the opportunity. We are proud that we are preparing you for the future but they did not do it for you”, he said.
He offered a scholarship opportunity for university education to Miss Zabay who read the statement on behalf of the first time voters and endorsed the candidature of Messrs. Karfiah as Senator and Thompson who are contesting on the ticket of the CDC.
The last lap of the President’s tour for the day took in to David Ta and Gbartala where similar rallies were held and President Weah got another round of endorsements against October 10, 2023.
Today, this Tuesday, The President is expected to continue his tour in the various towns and communities before retiring to bed later in the evening in Gbarnga, Bong County.