Home Politics “As You Gave Ellen: Give Us 12 Years” …Weah Pleads with Liberians; Predicts More Gains In 2nd Term

“As You Gave Ellen: Give Us 12 Years” …Weah Pleads with Liberians; Predicts More Gains In 2nd Term

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By E. Geedahgar Garsuah

MONROVIA: Incumbent President George M. Weah has called on Liberians to do the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the same favor they did for former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (EJS) and the Unity Party (UP), by giving him (Weah) a second six-year constitutional term.
“We are calling on you, the Liberian people, to give our government the same twelve years you gave to UP, under Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,” Weah said.
He urged Liberians not to vote for Unity Party’s candidate, former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, due to what Weah describes as Boakai’s inability to develop himself for the 40 years he spent in government.

“Boakai was Minister of Agriculture, Director of Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and 12 years as Vice President, you can’t see anything from him because he is not associated with development,” Weah told partisans and supporters at a rally in District #10, Montserrado County.

According to President Weah, development is not associated with Boakai, who is his (Weah’s) closest rival in the presidential race, and that giving him state power will yield nothing positive for Liberia but failure.
“Boakai needs to give me the chance to take care of him, and this is something that I have been doing, but Boakai is not honest. This is the young people’s time. Let us make sure we protect this country and build this country,” said Weah, who turns 57 in October.
Weah made these remarks on Thursday, August 10, as he continues his 2023 campaign activities in Montserrado County Districts #9 & #10 in Monrovia.

Thursday political rallies were marred by clashes between ruling the CDC supporters and partisans of the Unity Party (UP).

Weah also threw jabs at the former VP when he [Weah], kicked off his campaign activities on Tuesday, August 8, saying that Boakai failed to develop the Rehab Community where they both resided when he was vice president.

“It was until I took over before we started giving the community a facelift. We paved the roads and brought electricity for our people,” he said.
“I was a political leader for the CDC, and we live in Rehab and the place was muddy but today, the place is developed. I am doing what I am doing to develop our country,” Weah boasted.
According to him, this is the time for the young people, and therefore called on Liberians, especially first time voters to seize the opportunity to vote for him.
Weah alleged that there was a meeting held with him, Boakai, and former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf where the two elderly people agreed to leave the country with the young people, “but Boakai as an elderly man continuous to seek the presidency.”
Weah told supporters that he did nothing for the Liberian people, and they previously voted for him in 2017, and today he has done so much that he knows that they will still vote for him.

“There’s no fixer, we are the real fixers because I am doing my best to make your environment the best, and they are saying they want to come fix and rescue. They can’t come back because they have nothing to do or offer to Liberia,” Weah said, apparently referring to his political opponents including Boakai and Alexander B. Cummings of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).
“If they tell you that building roads and hospitals is nothing, what are they coming to do? Today we are here, and Liberia is saved for everyone after they told you that when UNMIL leaves, Liberia will not be saved for everyone,” Weah said.
According to him, he wants to make sure that this country is developed, stating “what I am doing is for you, and don’t allow anyone to take it away from you.”
“You gave me this responsibility six years ago to build this country, and I am doing it well. When I was trying to build the military hospital, people said that it didn’t make sense. They were just talking and after building the hospital, Coronavirus came and this is the hospital that saved the people,” he said.
At the same time, the CDC Standard-Bearer, took day-two of his campaign tour to Districts #16 and #14 of Montserrado County.

There, the President mesmerized throngs of citizens about the unmatched development achievements of his first six-year term.

He named those achievements as more paved roads, hospitals, free public college education, hospitals, housing units for the poor, stable economy, amongst other things, amid huge challenges.

The President called on Liberians to reject his opponents, the very people who governed for twelve years and left the country bare and in tatters.

President Weah promised to make sure that much is in store for Liberia and its people in terms of spiraled development and transformation, if he is given a second term.

“Liberians, we cannot afford to forego the promising future of Liberia under my second term; you cannot afford to go back,” the President said.

President Weah said it is highly inconceivable that failed leaders are clamoring for power again after they had plundered their opportunities to make a better country and improve the well-being of the citizens.

The CDC standard-bearer called on citizens of the two districts and Liberians in general not to be deceived by opposition folks, including those who claim public service life for sixty years but have no cherished legacy for the nation to celebrate.

He said: “People of District 16! People of Liberia! I want you to know that I am your real leader; I have proved my worth as your leader, and I want you to stand with me once again so that we can continue to reshape the country.”

In addition to the countless development strides made in the last five years of his incumbency, the Liberian Leader announced that there are more benefits envisaged in his second term.

The CDC standard-bearer also informed Liberians, mainly young people, not to allow failed leaders who want to come to power to rob them of the better future he has laid before the country.

He called on young people to claim their future by taking advantage of the leverage he has created in the education sector, including the payment of WAEC fees and many others.

President Weah also used the time to re-echo his call for peaceful elections, challenging young people to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.

He appealed to partisans and supporters of CDC not to instigate violence, warning them to “desist from banging on vehicles and insulting other leaders.”

In District 14, President Weah reminded citizens of the situation they and their community were facing when he came to power, and how much he did including the pavement of the Doe Community Road, refurbishment of the once Clara Town Young Survivors Field, the restoration of electricity and many more.

He pleaded with citizens not to take the country backward by voting the Unity Party to power but to ensure that progress goes into the future with more prosperity.

President Weah classified his opponents who call themselves as “fixers” and “rescuers” as “jokers,” urging Liberians to reject them on October 10 because “these politicians are fake and deceptive”.

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