MONROVIA: President George Manneh Weah, who is given many nicknames by Liberians for what they call his highly passionate development drives, has begun mobilizing and animating citizens to join his 2023 reelection train so that he continues to do what he is so widely praised and adored for.
Weah is seeking another six-year mandate following a “successful first six-year term.”
On Tuesday, August 8, the President in grand style, began what ultimately will be a vigorous months-long intensive campaign process in electoral Districts 7 & 8.
Not even the heavy downpour of rains could deter CDCians, supporters, and well-wishers to welcome the Liberian Leader and give him an unrestrained audience.
First beginning from the Jorkpeh Town Market, President Weah and throngs of partisans from District 8 congregated on the Slipway playing pitch in Central Monrovia for the campaign rally showdown where he justified why he should be given another six-year mandate.
The CDC political leader told the mammoth jubilant crowd of partisans, mostly first-time voters, that he has done exceedingly and abundantly in elevating the country’s development trajectory to unprecedented levels in his first term of office.
He therefore emphasized the need for Liberia to continue on that path of process in order to enhance and sustain the country’s emerging development landscape.
“I want to firstly thank you for the trust you put in me as your president,” he told the jubilant crowds.
“In the six years of my presidency, I have accomplished a lot far more than any other president,” Weah added.
He used the occasion to passionately rally Liberians to continue to anchor their trust and belief in him so as to move the country forward developmentally; to build more roads, to build hospitals, to continue to help parents keep their children in school through free education and enjoy the annual payment of WASSCE fees.
“I ask you, fellow Liberians, to put your trust in me once again; to believe in me, and to give me another mandate so that we better this country as we have already started,” Weah said.
“We must keep the country on this unprecedented development path under my leadership; the kind of path that Liberia has never experienced since its 176th existence.”
The President said Liberia has come a long way in development, peace, security, and economic progress, all of which he added must be maintained.
The President urged the people of Liberia not to lend ears to what he called “oppositions’ political chicanery of misinformation and disinformation” intended to distract citizens’ attention from his monumental achievements.
He said those in the opposition community are only good at painting a picture of negativity about him and wooed Liberians not to give credence to them as they have nothing to offer the country.
President Weah wondered why anyone would be talking about fixing or rescuing the country when in fact he has already rescued it from the 12 years of setbacks and plunder under the very past government his rival, Unity Party’s Boakai, served in as the Second in Command.
The President and entourage wended their way through the crowds into the densely populated Township of West Point where he told Liberians who assembled under heavy downpours of rains that though his opponents disparaged him as a mere footballer who had nothing to offer, he performed exceedingly well in the first six years than his predecessors—much to the shame and disappointment of the opponents.
“In my six years as president, you can see the unprecedented development across the country in the areas of roads construction, hospitals, and human capital development,” the CDC standard-bearer boasted.
The CDC standard bearer said that amongst the horde of presidential contenders, he is the only person who has been tested and proven to be capable of making Liberia what it ought to be.
He therefore called on Liberians to trust him again because the country is on the road to prosperity.
The President said his greatest ambition is to leave a legacy of development and progress in every sphere of national existence and that it would be beneficial for all if all Liberians joined him in reelecting him to the Presidency.
Few days earlier, the CDC standard bearer expressed optimism that Liberians will vote the Weah-Taylor ticket, pointing to the developmental records and initiatives carried out by his government during the first six-year term as reasons why the party will be reelected.
The Liberian Chief Executive maintained that the named initiatives carried out by his government have helped to tremendously improve the livelihood of the Liberian citizenry.
He made these remarks at a CDC intercessory prayer service for the successful conduct of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections, held at the Eternal Life Christian Ministries in Barnesville, outside Monrovia.
President Weah highlighted the construction of hospitals in several parts of Liberia as undertakings that will help foster his reelection.
He emphasized that the construction of the 14th Military Hospital in Margibi County and the Emirates Hospital in Gbarpolu County as milestone achievements in the health sector that are contributing immensely in the provision of basic health services to Liberians.
At the service, he reiterated the payment of West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) fees for 12th Graders as another deliverable that will resonate among the voting public in the country.
In the area of education, the president mentioned the free tuition policy initiated for students of Public Colleges and Universities which has brought relief to struggling Liberian parents and has contributed to astronomical enrollment of students into community colleges and the universities in the country.
In this connection, President Weah called on his partisans and sympathizers to campaign on the basis of the many deliverables the CDC government has shown.
Meanwhile, President Weah used the occasion to frown on the action of some of CDC partisans who were seen over the weekend parading the principal streets with a coffin bearing the photos of opposition candidate, Joseph N. Boakai.
The Liberian leader condemned the act in the strongest term, stressing that such behavior doesn’t represent the peaceful and diligent partisans of the CDC who, according to him, have contributed immensely to the maintenance of the peace and stability of Liberia.
Weah warned CDCians not to repeat the action they exhibited on Saturday, calling on the CDC campaign Chairman, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, to manage the exuberance of the young people in the Coalition for Democratic Change.
He called on CDCians as well as Liberians at large to protect and sustain the hard-earned peace the country is currently enjoying.
In related development, President Weah called on dissatisfied CDCians to return to the CDC on ground that the party is their home.
He cautioned his partisans who are disenchanted for whatever reasons to exercise high level of patience, stressing, “I want you guys to be patient because God’s time is the best.”
The CDC standard bearer urged CDCians as well as other affiliates not to be distracted by what he calls the disinformation propaganda being spilled by opposition politicians as he appealed to their consciences to remain focused in the realization of the “One round Victory”.
He called on CDCians to campaign on the accomplishments of the CDC government, as he called on the young generation of the country to make use of the many opportunities provided them as a means of making their generation great.
The CDC stalwart craved the indulgence of the partisans and sympathizers to elect him along with other Senatorial and Representative candidates on the ticket of the party.
“We the Liberian people must give CDC their second chance so that they will finish what they started. We have built institutions more than anybody else in this country,” President Weah noted.