National Chairman Kemayah promises, endorsing Weah’s presidential bid
A week to the holding of the November 7 presidential runoff, the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), led by Dr. J. Mills Jones, has promised to work with the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in communities across the country to ensure the ruling Unity Party is retired.
Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, who read the statement of support to CDC’s George M. Weah’s presidential bid, acknowledged that there were irregularities during the October 10 elections, but they were not substantial enough to warrant a rerun of the elections.
“We thank the Liberty Party and other contending opposition parties for testing the veracity of the process; however, we warn that any attempt to cancel the results of the October 10 presidential and representative elections could reverse the democratic gains and render the state ungovernable,” said Kemayah. “Moreover, the Liberian people are absolutely not prepared for any undemocratic action that will destabilize the peace in the Republic of Liberia.”
According to him, MOVEE remains committed to the Ganta Declaration, which calls for the opposition bloc to form alliance purposely to unseat the governing Unity Party. MOVEE is a signatory to the Ganta Declaration signed in Ganta, Nimba County, in 2016.
“Beyond respecting the spirit and intent of the Ganta Declaration, MOVEE is very much committed to upholding the spirit and intent of alternation of political authority and power as an important ingredient of democratization,” he stated.
The MOVEE chairman noted that in a country where the private sector continues to remain strangulated and politically controlled by the Unity Party-led government for the last 12 years, the party will not be a part of any judgment that will contribute to exacerbating inequalities and economic disparity.
Kemayah added that pursuant to a decision reached by MOVEE’s National Executive Committee based on extensive consultations, “We want to reaffirm our commitment to an opposition victory for the 2017 presidential and representative elections.”
He added: “In line with the mandate of the MOVEE’s National Executive Committee, we hereby endorse and support the candidacy of Senator George Manneh Weah, the standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change, for the Tuesday, November 7 runoff.
“In furtherance of our endorsement and support to the CDC, we have therefore instructed all of our county chapters and auxiliaries across the country to work closely with the structures of the CDC to campaign and vote Senator George Manneh Weah as the next President of the Republic of Liberia on Tuesday, November 7,” he said.
It may be recalled that on October 10, Senator Weah topped the polls at 38.4 percent with his closest rival Vice President Joseph Boakai securing 28.8 percent. The Liberian constitution requires 50 percent plus 1 vote of the overall votes to win the presidency.
As the runoff draws near, some political parties are making alliances while others are returning to the Ganta Declaration.
So far, Prince Johnson’s Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) and Ms. MacDella Cooper of the Liberia Restoration Party (LRP) have endorsed Senator Weah for his bid for the presidency.
On the other hand, Vice President Boakai is yet to receive any endorsement, but has been joined by the Liberty Party and the All Liberian Party in legal action concerning “increasing and disturbing reports of the alleged massive fraud in the October 10 elections.”