The Darkpannah: “Emmanuel Nuquay is our kin. We will do everything as traditional leaders in our authority to give the support he deserves.”
Bong County– Citizens in vote-rich Bong County on Saturday, July 28, reaffirmed their commitment to support the presidential and vice presidential bids of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and House Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay.
In a statement read by Jefferson Blackie, the citizens said their action to commit to the Boakai-Nuquay team is for the “growth and development of the country, and to sustain the peace that has prevailed over the last 14 years.”
“Just as we supported President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai in 2005 and in 2011, we will repeat history by overwhelmingly voting you and Nuquay because both of you have the best credentials,” Blackie said on behalf of the citizens.
They further lauded VP Boakai for selecting one of their sons as his running mate, noting, “Gibi Territory was once part of Bong County, and we feel that our potential is being recognized by our people in this country.”
“It was only in 1984 during the Samuel Doe administration that Gibi Territory was amalgamated to Marshall Territory giving county status to Margibi. But Emmanuel Nuquay was born in Gibi Territory in 1968, a territory that was annexed to Bong County; and therefore, he is our kin and we will support him with our vote,” the reaffirmation statement read.
Political commentators compared the arrival of Nuquay in Gbarnga over the weekend to a similar one in 1996, when a million-man march was held in Monrovia to receive former President Charles Taylor, thinking his arrival would bring normalcy and an end to the war.
As per Kpelle tradition, House Speaker Nuquay was blessed by the Darkpannah of Liberia, Traditional Chief Flomo Tokpa Barwror, who placed his right hand on his back, indicating that the people of Bong County have formally endorsed him. Being Darkpannah, Chief Barwror is the head of all the traditional chiefs of Liberia.
The program was attended by traditional chiefs from Bong, Lofa and Margibi counties; something political pundits described as the right step towards amalgamating their decisions for a common objective.
Chief Barwror told his followers and those who turned out to welcome the Boakai-Nuquay team that the team is currently the biggest and fastest growing one in the country, which the chiefs endorsed “to make their numbers count in the upcoming elections.”
“The Boakai-Nuquay team is the only political team that is capable of putting Liberia first,” Chief Barwror reaffirmed.
Meanwhile, the traditional leader predicted victory for the Boakai-Nuquay team in the October 10 presidential polls, judging from the nation-wide endorsement, he said.
“Emmanuel Nuquay is our kin. We will do everything as traditional leaders in our authority to give the support he deserves” the Darkpannah concluded.
In his response, Nuquay expressed gratitude for the team that they have built over the years and extolled the people of Bong County for the commitment they have exhibited.
He then implored the residents to consider the Boakai-Nuquay team as their own, that will continue to provide them the peace and development they merit, adding that they embarked on this journey to appease Liberians wherever they live.
“As a result of the strong bond of unity among my colleagues at the House of Representatives, I was elected on white ballot as Speaker. Had it not been for that unity, I would not have become a running mate to VP Boakai. So unity can break any barrier,” Nuquay declared.
He acclaimed the people of the Central Region for demonstrating harmony, noting: “If your house does not sell you, the street will not buy you.”
“As leaders of the central and northern regions, we want to keep the vision of Gabriel G. Farngalo of Nimba County, James Y. Gbarbeyeah of Bong County, and Robert H.Q. Kennedy of Lofa County, who embarked on uniting our people, so we need to keep that spirit,” Nuquay emphasized.
He meanwhile admonished the people of the central region to prove their disparagers wrong that they are envious and do not adore their kinfolk. He also urged them to continue to co-exist and demonstrate hospitality to all people.
The gathering, accordingly, was the first time since the 2005 and 2011 elections for chiefs, county leaders, traditional leaders, youth groups, women groups and opinion leaders to ride on the same boat in terms of having a common front in decision-making.
The program was graced by the presence of UP chair Wilmot Paye; Bong Legislative Caucus chairman George Mulbah; Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpa; the Superintendent of Margibi; members of the Margibi Legislative Caucus; and an array of traditional chiefs.
VP Boakai and Speaker Nuquay are expected to launch UP’s campaign in Gbarnga today, Monday, July 31, at the Gbarnga Sports Stadium.