Over 20,000 Liberians under the banners of “Lofa Citizens for 2017” and “Friends of Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai”, are expected to gather today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on the UN Drive to “affirm and reaffirm” their support for the Presidential bid of their kinsman, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, for the ensuing 2017 Elections. He is 72 years old today.
Cllr. Laveli Supuwood, the Chairman of the “Lofa Citizens for 2017 Program”, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone that two statements will be delivered including “an appreciation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for choosing Amb. Joseph Boakai as her running mate; and the People of Lofa County will also thank the Unity Party (UP).”
“After thanking the President for trusting the Vice President to serve with her for the two terms, women from Lofa County will gown the President,” Cllr. Supuwood said.
“The second statement will be affirming the support of the people of Lofa County for Mr. Boakai’s presidential bid.”
A member of today’s program, who requested not to be identified, said the action of the Lofaians is in continuation of their confirmation to petition Vice President Joseph Boakai to contest the 2017 elections. On Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Quardu Gboni District, Lofa County, Paramount Chief Musa M. Kamara read a petition statement on behalf of the chiefs, zoes, women leaders, and youths.
Cllr. Supuwood said prior to the indoor activities at the ATS, there will be a parade of the two groups – one from Sinkor and the other from Freeport – to the ATS, beginning at 8:00am. Immediately thereafter, the program will begin.
Vice President Boakai was born in the remote village of Worsonga in Foya District, Lofa County, on November 30, 1944. He served as Resident Manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) 1973-1980; Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) 1980-1982; Minister of Agriculture 1983-1985; and as Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) in 1992. He became Vice President of Liberia in 2005.