With barely four days to the run-off election, the national executive committee, legislators, former legislators, youth and women’s wing of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) yesterday endorsed Vice President and standard bearer of the Unity Party (UP) Joseph N. Boakai, promising to campaign to ensure he is victorious at the Dec. 26 runoff election.
At an elaborate program at the Unity Party’s headquarters in Congo Town, Jacob Smith, secretary general of LP, who read the statement, said they believe that some of the things in their party’s platform can also be found with the UP.
Mr. Smith said VP Boakai is the best choice for the people of Liberia as he is prepared to educate the youth, empower citizens and ensure that the country’s development agenda is maintained through sound decisions.
At the endorsement, young and senior Liberty Party partisans chanted slogans: “We want an educated leader; Liberia can only move forward with the leadership of VP Boakai; we value education; our children want to go to school; we don’t need Weah for president.”
Mr. Smith said though the party is not fully represented at the gathering, “it is the biggest endorsement so far by the party with more than eighty percent of its leadership.”
Wilmot Paye, chairman of the ruling Unity Party, in his acceptance remarks, said Senator Weah (of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change) is not an alternative for Liberia, and should not be given the country’s highest seat.
Chairman Paye said Liberia needs a leader that can be a reflection of the people of Liberia and not someone who lacks the ability, including education.
He said the Unity Party was excited to receive such huge endorsements from the LP and the ANC, which indicate that victory is certain.
He said it was unfortunate for some people to attribute the current economic situation in the country to the LP’s decision to take the National Elections Commission (NEC) to the Supreme Court relative to irregularities and fraud in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.
Chairman Paye said the development of Liberia can only be achieved through the able leadership of VP Boakai, who has proven to be a complete reflection of change and development.
“It is not true that LP is responsible for the increase in US rate and increment of prices on major commodities in the country. We are never part of such process because VP Boakai wants to change the people who don’t want to see this country change,” Paye said.
According to him, the twelve years of investment by the international community was not intended to send Liberia backward, but to continue the development and empowerment of the people of Liberia.
Those witnessing the endorsement included Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, Montserrado County Senator; standard bearer of the All Liberian Party, Benoni W. Urey, Augustine K. Ngafuan, George Kailondo, Emmanuel Bowier, Kofi Woods and Rep. Edwin Snowe.