Now that the die is cast, political actors and serious presidential hopefuls are hitting the ground running as it relates to their full participation in elections come October 10, 2017.
The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) of Dr. J. Mills Jones has made major inroads in Lofa County as he received a rousing welcome by hundreds in the county on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the city of Salayea, Lofa County, and arguably unlocked the county.
Lofa County, which is believed to be a stronghold of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, was the scene of a different story when the former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and the standard bearer of MOVEE stormed that part of the county.
Welcoming the first partisan of MOVEE in the first town in Lofa County, Beyan Town, the youth chairman of the town, Alexander Nufartaly, said Dr. Jones’ presence in the county is a clear manifestation that he is a true son of the country who means well for his people.
Nufartaly said gone are the days when a politician will unilaterally declare a county or a region a no go zone, stating that Lofa County belongs to no one.
“Dr. Jones, as a former student of the University of Liberia, I benefited from your scholarship at the university. This scholarship was not given based on county or which region you come from,” he noted, “but rather based on merit.”
The youth leader said Dr. Jones’ past record speaks for itself and as such come October 10, 2017 he will be rewarded for his contribution to the ‘grassrooters,’ noting that Lofaians believe that Dr. Jones is the best alternative for Liberia that can change the status quo for the better. Meanwhile, the residents called on Dr. Jones to assist in the establishment of a better country under the MOVEE led government that will bring about positive changes to the lives of the common people.
In response, Dr. Jones thanked the people of Lofa County for the overwhelming welcome and support given his team and promised to live up to their expectations, saying, “this welcome is from the hearts of the people.”
Dr. Jones called on the residents of Lofa County to use their God given rights to change their children’s future for the better, disclosing that “you cannot change by putting the same old people who are presently in power.”
He said a MOVEE led government will bring about economic growth, better educational system, healthcare delivery, and much more.
Dr. Jones used the occasion to call on all Liberians not to listen to some politicians, who are preaching the politics of division, adding that all Liberians desire and deserve better as a united body, “if we work as one.”
Dr. Jones, who is visiting several towns and cities in Lofa County, called on politicians to stop the politics of divide and rule, adding: “When people are talking about a lockdown they are speaking about keeping you down in order to be ahead of you. If they do not have anything to tell you, that is the time they tell you things like that. This is the time for change. You cannot get change by going back to the same old politicians; these politicians only show up during elections period, you cannot teach old dogs new tricks.”
The MOVEE standard bearer is expected to visit all five electoral districts during his stay in Lofa County, including Voinjama and Foya districts.