By Alvin Worzi Robin Dopoe Jr.
With 31 days to the much anticipated Liberian presidential and representative elections, supporters, sympathizers and partisans of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) have locked down Congo Town and patiently waiting him to officially declare the 2017 campaign open.
Hundreds of partisans and supporters are currently seated around at the party’s headquarters, located at the Catholic Hospital Junction in Congo Town. Authorities gave the party a one-day allowance to use the stretch of the main thoroughfare, Tubman Boulevard, to conduct their rally. Truth FM, controlled by Musa H. Bility, Liberty Party’s campaign chairman, claims the party has reached its attendance target of 200,000 at the rally a figure that remains to be verified.
The rally is colored by cultural performances taking place at both in and outside of the headquarters. A number of young Liberian recording artists, also affiliated with Bility’s media business, are performing for the crowd. In spite of the rain last night and up to this morning, partisans and supporters continue to show up.
“We are so excited,” said Charlene Brumskine, daughter of the standard bearer. “But let’s be clear: this is not about Liberty Party or Charles Brumskine; it is all about the people of Liberia. They are ready for change and Liberty Party is the institution. This is not a borrowed crowd; these are Liberty partisans.”
Interestingly, partisans and supporters continue to make their way to the party’s headquarters as it is customary in Liberia that the political leader will make political statement, intended to win more supporters on board.
“We did not expect such huge turnout today because of the low publicity that was done. I am sure that if the party was going to carry on huge publicity about this launch, no car was going to use this Congo Town belt,” partisan Johnson told the Daily Observer.
According to some of the partisans and supporters, the Liberty Party is poised to taking state power, because “We have the only integrity that is prepared to lead this country from all indications.”