Nimba County, particularly the vote-rich city of Ganta, has petitioned Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader Senator George M. Weah to contest for the presidency in the 2017 elections.
During a political rally in Ganta City over the weekend, chiefs, elders and traditional leaders gathered to pay special recognition and petition the soccer legend to stand in the ensuing presidential elections.
Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, elder Franklin Sayetokpah encouraged the CDC Senator to be their leader and represent them at the highest level in government.
He described Weah as a “true son of the soil,” adding that they were glad to receive him at such a critical period of the country’s history.
According to the elders and traditional chiefs, the former Peace Ambassador’s father originated from Nimba, and as such, the county was pleased to welcome their son back home.
As a sign of honor and respect, Senator Weah was named Saye Korzie, a name that embodies love, friendship and peace, one of the elders said.
“Saye is the name of the first boy child in the family while Korzie means ‘our own’ in the local Mano tribe in Nimba,” elder Sayetokpah explained.
In a joyous mood, Weah received the petition and thanked the traditional leaders for making such a decision.
However, the CDC leader declined to give a definite position as to whether he will accept or decline their petition.
“CDC and all its partisans appreciate this move and we will respond to your request at a later date. The consultation is ongoing and I have to speak with my wife, party officials and others in order to address this properly,” the Montserrado County lawmaker declared.
Meanwhile, the Association of Southeasterners residing in Ganta also petitioned Weah for the top post in 2017.
Petitioning Senator Weah for the presidency was paramount to raising the profile of the political landscape of the country, according to the Southeastern group.
Receiving a petition from one of the most populated counties in Liberia could mean a political advantage for the CDC if only the petitioners are truthful to their words, a political commentator hinted.
In the 2005 Presidential and Legislative elections, Weah accumulated 32,710 amounting to 23.8% of the total votes cast in Nimba, signaling his popularity in the region.
The two petitions were merged with the CDC’s 10th anniversary that was celebrated in Ganta.
The event brought together scores of partisans from other parts of the country.