Amid widespread talk that the standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) Alexander Cummings is a ‘newbie’ to Liberian politics who does not fully understand what is obtaining in the country, thousands of his supporters stormed the streets of Monrovia and Paynesville on Saturday, October 7, singing “We want Cummings! Free Us from Corruption…We want Cummings!”
A massive crowd filled the ATS on Saturday, with many walking the streets and gathering in entertainment centers wearing their red, white and blue party colors as local musicians thrilled them till the arrival of the ANC standard and vice standard bearers.
They included Montserrado Country Districts # 6 and 8 representative aspirants Kanvee Gaines Adams and Jonathan ‘Takun-J’ Koffa, along with Color Boy, CIC, Eric Geso, Nasse Man and others.
In a brief but firm statement, the ANC standard bearer said confidently: “I don’t want to go a second round; I want to win the first round so come all out and vote for me and Amb. Jeremiah Suluteh on Tuesday, October 10. Also, vote for the ANC representative candidates.
“We’ll fundamentally change everything about our country,” he promised. “After 170 years, we need a better Liberia: health, roads, electricity, and infrastructure. Can we depend on you to vote for the ANC? Together, we can change this country; together, we can commit ourselves to stop corruption.”
Saturday’s gathering of ANC supporters can only be compared to the party’s formal launch of its standard bearer’s presidential bid in January.
The recent gathering in Harper, Maryland County during the launch of the 2017 Presidential Campaign was the 3rd biggest gathering.
ANC Chairman Orishall Gould over the weekend boasted of being the only alternative candidate that is positive of winning the October 10 elections.
In an article by Henry Johnson, a Liberian entrepreneur, he outlined six reasons why Cummings should be elected President.
He described Cummings as “a great role model for young entrepreneurs in Liberia; he cares about Liberians, especially the youth; he is honest; loves Liberia; does not have “blood” on his hands; and has a plan.”
Meanwhile, in spite of the Cummings crowd, many political pundits still believe that the ANC will most likely come third, while the CDC and UP are more likely to go for the runoff.
Political pundits think that Senator Prince Y. Johnson’s Movement for Democratic Reconstruction (MDR), Liberty Party (LP) of Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) of Dr. J. Mill Jones and Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party (ALP) will all fall below the ANC.