MONROVIA: The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has held its official campaign launch, drawing historic crowds of partisans and supporters that will be the talk of the town for a long time to come. Many say the party pull half a million, though there others conjecturing a higher number of the assembly.
The Standard-Bearer, President George Manneh Weah, who got the campaign site at around 4pm yesterday, practically strenuously making his way through a near-impenetrable crowds of citizens, delivered one of his shortest though powerful speeches in recent time, urging his base they are capable of defeating the opposition hands down this time because they did it before when he had no presidential record to show at the time.
“Today, we have gathered here to show the world that we are the people’s party,” he said in front of seasons of supporters overflowing the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
“We did it before–and we can do it again!”
President Weah said, “We are here because of what we have achieved together and to also show the world how true democracy works – there is no political prisoners behind bars.”
He continued “We have freedom of speech and of the press. We have gender equality and women development. We have youth empowerment and participation in government. Together, we have achieved a lot in the infrastructure development.”
He said he was sure that his partisans and supporters were at the occasion to show their love for country and to manifest their love for him and the CDC.
“On October 10, 2023,” he said, “vote George Manneh Weah for President, your leader, your father, your brother, and your friend. Vote Jewel Howard-Taylor for Vice President, your mother, your sister and your friend.”
President Weah asserted: “Fellow CDCians, Weahcians, First Timer Voters, Independents, Disenchanted voters, our physically challenged voters; hear me and hear me well: Those that are claiming to be rescuers and fixers, let them show you what they have ever rescued and fixed for the Liberian people. Did they rescue the bad roads in Liberia? Did they rescue the education system? Did they rescue the health sector? Did they rescue the agricultural sector? Did they rescue our economy? Did they rescue us from unemployment? The answer is a big no. They had leadership for over 40 years, they squandered all the opportunities to rescue you.”
He called himself “your president, your implementer, your developer, your talk and do.”
Before becoming President, he said, “I educated people. Today, it is no surprise education is free. Today, your children can attend public universities free of charge. Today, parents do not have to struggle to pay WASSCE fees or like I did to pay my fees.”
“Liberia is 176 years old. I George Manneh Weah was given a mandate about 6 years ago. Within 5 years, even with the Covid Pandemic, I, George Manneh Gbehkugbeh Weah, have built more hospitals than any other President in our history. I have paved more roads than any President in our history,” he also said rather boastfully.
“I have built more hospitals than any President in our history. For the first time in our history, we have constructed parks and recreational facilities for our young people; and this will replicated throughout the 15 counties of Liberia after you give us a new mandate. We will also re-activate and strengthen the national cadet program to give young people to gain experience on the job while in school.”
Providing a bit of voter education, the President used his official campaign launch statement to call on partisans to vote right, and avoid errors in marketing ballot.
“Number 18 is your number; number 18 is our number; it is your street, it is our street. We are all 18ners!” he declared. “To our first time voters, you have made the right choice follow and vote for the Coalition for Democratic Change – the people’s party and your party.”
May we all stand, and those who are standing, please remain standing as we observe a moment of silence for our partisans who lost their lives during this period of campaign. May their souls rest in perfect peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them.