BY: Frank P. Martin
BOPOLU: The political leader of the Collaborating Political Party (CPP), Alexander Benedict Cummings, alias “ABC,” has underscored the need for Liberians to elect him to the Nation’s Presidency.
“Liberians have suffered for so long, but I am sure after these elections, the situation in our country will change when I am elected president,” Cummings told soaring crowds at a political rally held in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County, on Monday, September 11, 2023.
The CPP Standard-bearer named food insecurity, bad economy, severe climate impact, and infrastructural deficits as some of the major problems that Liberians need to address.
Despite conducive climate and good soils for crop production, Liberia has long suffered from food insecurity.
There is also extreme poverty and endemic inefficiencies in the country’s agricultural sector, he told voters.
Approximately 18% of Liberian households were identified as moderately food insecure, according to Liberia’s recent comprehensive food security assessment.
The 2021 Global Hunger Index classifies Liberia’s level of hunger as “serious.” Liberia ranked 110 of 116 countries on hunger conductions.
These hunger conductions compounded with many national development agendas, Cummings said, will be adequately addressed under his watch as President of Liberia.
“The situation in our country is the worst scenario in the Sub-Sahara region. I feel what you are going through as result of bad governance, rampant corruption but your day to rejoice will come when you elect me as your president on October. Some of you hardly eat a day. I see what you are going through, that is why I am calling on you, the people of Gbarpolu, and Liberia, to replace this government for your lives to be improved after the elections,” Cummings told the jubilant crowd.
Created in 2021 when it was split from Lofa County, Gbarpolu County is one of the least developed counties in the Northern Region of the country.
“It has bad road conditions, that undermine its development and progress,” Cumming added.
The CPP political leader told the citizens that for the county to enjoy rapid development relating to trade and infrastructure, his foremost priority will be the pavement of the road from Tubmanburg, Bomi County, to Bopolu city, Gbarpolu County.
“One of the most challenging conductions I see entering the county is the very deplorable road condition. This is a serious national problem which will be addressed by my administration. We will make sure that the roads are paved from Tubmanburg here,” he told residents of the county.
The CPP Standard-bearer asked voters in Gbarpolu County to honor their former Senator, Daniel Flomo Naatehn, by voting him (Cummings) massively to the Liberian Presidency.
“I always reflect on my Chairman, Senator Naatehn was very instrumental in pushing our vision for a better and prosperous Liberia. But, he left us. I want us to honor him by voting me as your president comes October this year,” Cummings noted.
He described the death of the Gbarpolu County Senator as a big vacuum not only in the Senate but also the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and its constituent member, Alternative National Congress (ANC) where he (Naatehn) served as Chairman.
Senator Naatehn died on August 8, 2023, in Delhi, India, where he went for routine medical checkup.