‘No Amount of Negativity Will Distract Me from the Presidency’

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CDC says its standard bearer George M. Weah (center), is qualified to lead because he loves Liberia.

– As Weah Calls for Free, Fair and Transparent Elections

In what some are describing as a political tsunami that swept across Monrovia and its environs over the weekend, the leader of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), George Manneh Weah, has called on Liberians and all the country’s development partners to ensure that the October 10 elections are conducted in a free, fair and transparent atmosphere.

Making probably the most anticipated speech in the ongoing elections campaign season at the official launch of the 2017 CDC campaign at the party’s Congo Town headquarters, Weah said that as the country heads to its first, true democratic transition in 74 years, it is necessary for all, including the Liberian government, the European Union, ECOWAS, UN, UNDP and the various diplomatic missions accredited to the country, to “work assiduously to ensure that we conduct a free, fair and transparent election as the party endeavors to make Liberia a better place for everyone.”

Speaking from a prepared speech to the massive crowd of supporters, Senator Weah said: “Fellow partisans, our country is at a crossroad, and the launch of the CDC campaign marks the beginning of the party’s history to sustain the peace. 59 days from today, we will be going to the polls to elect a leader of our choice as we transition from one leadership to another. Nevertheless, as the champion of peace, and in a spirit of true patriotism, I will like to use this occasion to call on all Liberians and stakeholders of Liberia to commit themselves to conducting a peaceful and violence free election.”

Calling Liberia the “common denominator that put us together,” Weah implored Liberians to resist any action that has the propensity to tear the country apart and deride the gain we have made as a people and nation over the years, adding that the “CDC is committed to violence free election.”

Interestingly, thousands of partisans, supporters, and sympathizers patiently waited for Senator Weah over 12 hours at the party’s headquarter as he toured other parts of Monrovia before heading to headquarter. Partisans of the CDC have described the 2017 crowd as a first in the history of Liberia’s politics, with a call from the political leader to put it into votes come October 10.

Devoted CDC partisans parade their way to the party headquarters

Sounding a warning to the NEC and election monitors to ensure that the results are free of any issues, Weah warned that “the CDC will not sit there and allow its democratic rights to be infringed upon through the implementation of an electioneering process that will be employed with irregularities, which would ultimately produce a leader that is not elected by the people.”

As the CDC head assured the Liberian people of the party’s commitment to ensure a free, fair and transparent election, he also applauded all partisans for their sacrifices and support to the party’s movement for change over the years. “Your commitment for a genuine change and steadfastness continues to drive my vision for a better Liberia. I cannot emphasize how deeply inspired I am by your resilience and commitment to the struggle for the emancipation of our people from poverty to abundance.”

Because of his supporters’ commitment, Weah said he commits himself to not “betray your trust placed in me to lead our political party to victory come October 10, 2017. I want to assure you that your sacrifices will not be in vain, but will see a first round victory. As a leader, I am adequately prepared to lead the CDC to victory and the country to a higher height and endless opportunities.”

Referring to his critics and detractors, he said throughout the history of the party, “I have been plagued with criticisms” and questioned on why he decided to contest for Liberia’s presidency, with some even suggesting “that I stay within the football sector, because it’s my area. I have always found these things to be a sheer distraction intended to keep me from focusing on my vision for a better Liberia.

“When I embarked on my journey as a professional soccer player, I heard the same criticism or negative comments with some saying that I will not make it and will be a failure. But, I did not listen to them until I succeeded as one of the greatest soccer legends in the world. Today, those that said that I was going to be a failure are now calling me chief. I am not saying this to boast, because no amount of negativity will distract me from the presidency.”

Taking time from the deafening screams of applause from the huge crowd, Weah delved into his humble beginnings in an effort to draw a parallel with the majority of Liberians, who he said he wants to free from the shackles of poverty. “I will begin with my personal story. Growing up in Clara Town, it was not easy to find food to eat, especially coming up with a single parent. But, later I noted that these challenges and experiences were meant to prepare me for future challenges.”

“I have come to realize the reasons for these situations in Liberia, which can be attributed to an age old problem consisting of corruption, lack of patriotic leaders, a lack of vision, and inequitable distribution of the country’s national resources among others. The more I realized the root causes, the more I began to develop an interest in becoming the change agent that Liberia needs. As goodwill ambassador for UNICEF I helped underprivileged children by creating awareness and inspiring hope for them, and later realize that I wouldn’t solve all the problems back home as a private citizen, which was when I developed the interest in the presidency to see a better Liberia. I want to see a Liberia were everyone will get access to basic services and our people will be distant from poverty, nepotism will be abolished and middle income life will be observed throughout the country; and not a few people will be enjoying the country’s wealth. I want to see a Liberia where no one will die, because you don’t have money to pay hospital bills,” he said.

Making a call across the political divide, Weah went on to say: “With the love for my country and the love my people have for me, we can all help to build the country and make it a better place for all. Dr. Martin Luther King said he had a dream. I too have a dream that to Liberia, with the status quo of bad leadership, I bring in a new sense of nationalism. I have a dream to take Liberia from the average to excellence, from poverty to abundance.”

According to the CDC standard bearer, for too long the people of Liberia have suffered in the hands of bad governance and lack of patriotism, and assured that under his leadership Liberians will no longer cry from bad governance and leadership. Commenting on the divisive Congo-Native dogma as preached by some parties, Weah said: “There will be nowhere in Liberia that some group will feel as second class citizens in Liberia under my leadership, because I’m running as president of Liberia and not for a certain tribe, ethnic or religious group. There will be no elite or native Liberian as head of Liberia; neither will there be a Muslim Liberian.” According to Senator Weah, his leadership for change is rooted on four pillars, including power to the people, economy and jobs, sustaining the peace, and governance and transparency, adding that: “As president, I will fight corruption on a serious note by cutting wasteful spending and ensuring that enough is enough to corruption and setting-up a special court for corruption and strengthening institutions that will quickly take public officials to the special court. CDC will not reshuffle corrupt officials in its government or protect them.”

In an aside to the government, especially President Sirleaf, the CDC chief partisan called on them to stop financing long term projects as the country goes to elections, and to instead focus on projects that the government believes can be completed in the remaining few months. “As we proceed to elections, the government should only prioritize major project financing, particularly the projects the government believes will be completed within its tenure and other non-essential projects should stop immediately,” he recommended to President Sirleaf.

Senator Weah said the CDC government will create the enabling environment where everyone will feel part of the government, with a stake in decision making, “with particular focus on ensuring we have a middle class economy.” According to him, previous governments have failed, because of their intention to build an economy from the top to the bottom, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, adding that “My Presidency will focus on building an economy that will empower everyone.”

Senator Weah noted that there should be no reason why citizens of Africa’s oldest republic should go to bed hungry every day and continue to live in abject poverty, adding that a “CDC government will introduce mechanized farming across the country and ensure that farmers are subsidized to enable them send their children to school and have the chance to live better lives. We will also increase budgetary allotment to the agriculture sector and ensure that we have a bank exclusively there to support the farmers by empowering them to support food sufficiency in Liberia. We will ensure that the government purchase food from the farmers and sell it locally at an affordable rate, and export some as well.”

The political tsunami that many feared would bring about clashes between opposing political partisans ended with all night parties across Monrovia, which many said is a testament to political and democratic maturity among Liberians.
Weah ended his speech by lauding international partners for their support toward sustaining Liberia’s democracy and for their commitment to Liberia’s development.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Please let us know what you have done to better the lives of the people who voted you into the Senate. If you cannot do anything to better the living conditions, lives, etc. of the people you represent as their senator…..how can you improve Liberia? Aren’t you surrounded with the same rift rafts from the Unity Party? Please leave Liberia for serious minded people like the ANC. Go back to soccer, traveling and womanizing. PLEASE!

  2. Of course nothing will distract you, where else would you get your money or your women? Weah sees the country as his own piggy bank. He is too old for soccer and needs income from somewhere else. The picture shows these unruly delinquents who think they will rule the country with their man in power.

  3. When people are moving around and dancing, there is a possibility that’s one person can be counted many times over. The crowd of people might look like lots of people; It’s certainly not a TSUNAMI of people, needless to say the two millions that were anticipated by Weah’s CDC. More over, Liberia is not just Monrovia. We should again remind the Senator, he and his supporters can not continue to tie up everybody’s movement in busy Monrovia. You are already causing “ECONOMIC HARMS”, while speaking of solving Liberia’s problems–ECONOMY and SOCIAL. It would be more appropriate for the Senator to a have a more orderly rally; perhaps at SKD Stadium or the Antonnette Tubman..

  4. We love you Senator George Weah, we believe that Liberia will be a safe place when you are president of Liberia.

    We will not stop supporting you, we are going remain at the polls to protect our votes & will respond potentially if temple with.

    The CDC is Liberia next ruling party & no souls can stop the CDC victory in October polls, we will win with our Peace Amb bigly for a safe & reconcile Liberia.

  5. A nicely written speech by Wilson Tarpeh; Weah only practiced and poorly delivered that speech.

    Since Weah was elected Senator of Montserrado County, he has not contributed to the debate. What he has done is to play Zuma and concur to bills his colleagues have put on the floor. Therefore, Weah being elected president is going to be a disaster for Mama Liberia as he is inept and grossly incompetent.

    If Christmas is going to be festive, you will know it from the eve.

  6. Amb. Weah , you are truly a patriotic son and incoming president of Liberia. You really made my day. Liberia truly need a patriotic and visionary leader like Amb. Weah to transform this nation for the Better. We are with you to enable you ascend to the presidency come October 10, 2017.

  7. The prejudice of distractors will never allow objective thinking, even when a life-transforming situation is unfolding before their eyes. Senator Weah, as you are committed to keeping your focus, keep the focus and deliver the goods for the Liberian people. Well done, your transformative life speaks it all. To all who mourn in Liberia, God will give a crown of beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3).

  8. Senator, you’ve made my day. Again you’ve touched on a wide range of issues that resonates with the poverty striking people of Liberia. Your policy on Agriculture and those of your poverty alleviating strategies would jump start our economy for a better Liberia.

  9. At least for the first time the people’s choice..SENATOR GEORGE MANNEH WEAH……the true winner of the presidential election shall be Inagurated as the 25 th President of Liberia!!!!!!

    • Blama, be careful what you wish for–for you MAY get it.. If he does, he will take our country back to the dark ages! No free Press..No free speech…And no respect for the rule of law! God forbid Weah becomes president!

  10. Our politicians are not bad people but which one of the 20 aspirants would honestly say our system is corrupt, broken and deadly? If the system is corrupt and broken, then Liberia needs a different system, not a different chief Executive running the same 170 old corrupt system! The Bible suggests systemic change is wiser than a continuation of systemic corruption. Jesus said in Matthew 7:18, “A good tree cannot produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.” In other words, our corrupt system will always yield corruption. Most of these aspirants have been running for decades to be the Chief of our corrupt and broken system, not to change the old system. What are you going to vot for? Another politician or are you ready for CHANGE? In 30 years, Liberia will be 200 years old, but with the same old system, Liberia will be in a deep hole with depleted natural resources and many f these aspirants would be dead and gone. Are you ready to vote for the future or vote for “business as usual”?

    Many politicians argue that the participatory democratic system cannot work in Liberia because of Liberia’s high illiteracy rate. But Article I of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia is proof that ordinary citizens, literate or illiterate, have inalienable or God-given rights and the authority to change and replace Liberia’s corrupt system: “All power is inherent in the people. [The people] have the right to [change] the [corrupt system] when their safety and happiness so require.”

    With ritualistic killings and poverty, Liberian citizens are not safe and not happy, making the change [is] necessary!

    After 170 years, the priority for Liberia isn’t voting for old or new politicians to continue with “business as usual.” Liberians must urgently convene a Sovereign National Conference to create a new constitution that empowers citizens to exercise their powers to change the detrimental, deadly, corrupt and broken system!

    Matthew 12:33 says: “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”

    I call on all candidates desirous of advancing the greater common good to lay aside their personal political ambitions and join citizens in prioritizing the removal of the “clear and present danger”: Liberia’s deadly, corrupt, and broken system of governance.

    Every Liberian who sincerely believes the system is broken must register today at http://www.mastersday.com and vote for change to demand a fresh start for the new Liberia in 2017. The alternative is unthinkable!

  11. In the democratic universe, many want the presidency to be somebody (glory); some are attracted to it for power, control over resources and people; and still a few vie to do something what fighting for, bring about positive change. Frankly, all these motivations are fair game. In the case of Senator Weah, though, celebrity isn’t his motivation. It is left with voters to determine whether he wants to be president to exercise raw power or to bring about unity and progress.

    We therefore agree that the true will of voters must prevail in free, fair and transparent general and presidential elections. That should resonate with all peace – loving Liberians, one would hope.

  12. Instead of attacking the qualifications of Weah, opposition leaders should be wise to come together to defeat him. I don’t know about Brumskine and Boakai. But Weah is going second round. If they fail to get their act together, Weah just might become the next president. In the end, they can only blame greed and selfishness.

    • Mr. Kromah, you made a very good point, because looking at the size of the crowd at the CDC campaign launching program, I can honestly say that George Weah should not be taking for granted. he is capable of pulling the upset.

      • G.M; Liberia is a lot BIGGER than Monrovia. Weah’s crowd was a mere couple of thousands; no where near the two millions CDC claimed. Remember! The People you are looking at, are not standing still. Using standard Statistics principles, it’s possible, the same person can be counted many times over. This is a moving crowd of people dancing. How in the World can you fit one million people at Weah’s H.Q? Needless to say two millions… This practice is deceptive and can lead to violence. Let these rallies be held at a big open arena like a stadium. At we can easier determine the capacity of such places.

  13. Just before you take your victory lap, lets do the maths: register voters for OCT 2017 is (2,183,683), expected turnout 70%
    (1,528,578), approx. votes needed for a first round win – 50%+1 (764,289).The highest ever recorded first round number was UP in 2011 with 530,000 (44%), with an incumbent on the ballot. But with UP (this time around) using a 78 year-old “Racing Car”. it’s anybody guess who will make the run-off. Is your party prepared for the second round battle? I see some people PROTESTING again oh. – oops! silly me!

  14. Firstly, let me congratulate my Standard Bearer for that heart touching message that he has sent out to the Liberian people.
    The fact remains, Liberia has been suffering in the hands of unpatriotic, selfish and and self-centered leaders. Leaders who called the group masses when in need of power, but termed them asses when they are in power. Leaders who believed that only they and their children should have but the masses should remain suffering. The leaders who see Liberia as their hustle ground, but have their real homes somewhere else. These are the kinds of leaders that unfortunately been leading Liberia.
    However, we are proud to say to the world that the time has come for Liberia to be a proud and developed nation. The time has come for every Liberian to enjoy the many natural resources of Liberia. The time has come that no Liberian goes to bed hungry. Sen. Amb. Weah is the way out for Liberia.

    • Wow, you mean to say that when Weah becomes President,”no Liberian goes to bed hungry”?? “And every one would have roof over their heads””?? Hey Sunnay, be careful… Weah might screw up you WET dream!!!

  15. He’s talking about, what? Cheating him? But is he qualified to become our next president! Heck, NO!!! Look, Weah and Boakia are not the kind of leader the Liberian people want, especially Weah! Since Weah became senator, what positive things have he done or a legislation bill has he passed. Likewise Boakia, he has been a VP for fucking 12 years, what has he done all those years.

    Fuck the UP party, and Fuck the CDC!!! Our people are tired with this dang stupid, wicked, mean, and greedy so called “leaders” including the president! God will surely destroy you assholes.

  16. HOPE WE ARE NOT GOING BACK TO THE TAYLOR DAYS….YOU KILL MY FATHER, YOU KILL MY MOTHER , WE WILL VOTE FOR YOU . IF MR OPPONG IS ESCAPING DEBATES , B/C OF HIS POOR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND , THAT IS A RED FLAG THAT HE IS NOT CAPABLE TO RUN THE COUNTRY, EXCEPT THAT HE IS RELYING ON THOSE OPPORTUNIST LIKE WILSON TARPEH , AND HIS LIEUTENANTS TO RUN THE COUNTRY. HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT PLAYING FOOTBALL IS QUITE DIFERENT FROM RUNNING A COUNTRY AS A PRESIDENT. THERE ARE CONCERNS SOURROUNDERING YOUR QUEST TO BE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA. FIRST AND FOREMOST , YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION. YOU MIGHT HAVE EARNED FEW BUCKS FROM PLAYING FOOTBALL , MONEY THAT YOU HAVE USED TO BUY DEGREE , NOT CERTAIN WHETHER FROM AN INSTITUTION IN FLORIDA, AND RUNNING AWAY FROM DEBATES , ONLY PUT YOU UNDER MORE SCRUTINY , AND LEADS TO MORE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER YOU ACTUALLY EARN A DEGREE OR BOUGHT ONE. NOT REALLY SURE WHO YOUR ADVISORS ARE , BUT ONE WOULD THINK THAT YOU COULD USE THESE DEBATES TO TELL YOUR CRITICS THAT YOU DID NOT ONLY PLAY FOOTBALL , BUT THAT YOU ARE ALSO EDUCATED, RATHER THAN RUNNINI AWAY. ANOTHER THING OF SERIOUS CONCERN IS WE SEE THESE FORMER COMBANTANTS RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE STREETS AGAIN, LIKE THOSE DAYS. YOU AND YOUR DEPUTY , JOWELL TAYLOR SHOULD DO YOUR LEVEL BEST AND EDUCATE THESE FORMER COMBANTANTS THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE LIBERIANS GOING TO SIT BACK AND ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO SLIDE BACK INTO ANARCHY. JUST A REMINDER TO YOU AND YOUR FOLKS. THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS MEET THE CITIZENS OF LIBERIA ALONG WITH YOUR PLATFORM , YOUR PLANS FOR THE COUNTRY, YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE SENATE, AND DEBATE YOUR CASE , WHY YOU THINK THEY SHOULD ENTRUST YOU WITH THE COUNTRY. RUNNING A COUNTRY IS A MORE SERIOUS BUSINESS . HOPEFULLY YOU ARE LOOKING AROUND , AND YOU HAVE SEEN FOR YOURSELF WHAT CAN HAPPEN, WHEN PEOPLE THINK REUNNING A COUNTRY IS THE SAME AS RUNNING SOME TELEVISION SHOW. HOW CAN LIBERIANS TRUST YOU, OR VOTE FOR YOU AS PRESIDENT , WHEN YOU ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM DEBATES? SO KINDLY TELL THE LIBERIAN PEOPLE WHAT WILL YOU DO , WHEN YOU ARE SCHEDULE TO MEET OTHER GLOBAL LEADERS, ADDRESS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, SAY UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, EEC , ECOWAS, WORLD BANK OFFICIALS , IMF, JUST A FEW. TAKE YOUR PLATFORM , YOUR PLANS, IF ANY , OTHER THAN PLAYING FOOTBALL, AND OR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS AS SENIOR SENATOR IN THE SENATE. AND MAKE YOUR CASE , OR DEBATE YOUR CASE , WHY YOU THINK THEY SHOULD ENTRUST YOU WITH THE COUNTRY. USE THE DEBATES TO MAKE YOUR CASE, RATHER THAN RUN FROM IT. REMEMBERED , THIS IS NO LONGER ..IE & BAROLLE PLAYING SUNDAY AT ATS. THIS NATION HAS GOT TO MOVE FORWARD, AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IS WHAT LIBERIANS ARE CONCERN ABOUT. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, FOLKS , I HAVE HEARD SOME OF THESE KIDS RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE STREETS SAYING..IT”S OUR TIME , OUR TIME ‘NA’ COME. REALLY, I MEAN REALLY SERIOUSLY.

  17. Senator George Weah’s complaint of negativity about him, put succinctly is brought
    about by himself. He needs to blame himself and not anybody. His performances at
    ECOWAS, and why would he absent himself from the all-important presidential debate?
    The debate is the crucial point at which to prove his popularity that he has been enjoying
    all these years. At the debate is where the voters will really know who he really is.
    The voters and his supporters should have been given the substance of his qualification;
    comparing his performance with his popularity. But he failed to do so. So, if there is a
    negativity about him, he brought it upon himself and he should blame anybody at all.

  18. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. August 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Senator George Weah’s complaint of negativity about him, put succinctly is brought
    about by himself. He needs to blame himself and not anybody. His performances at
    ECOWAS, and why would he absent himself from the all-important presidential debate?
    The debate is the crucial point at which to prove his popularity that he has been enjoying
    all these years. At the debate is where the voters will really know who he really is.
    The voters and his supporters should have been given the substance of his qualification;
    comparing his performance with his popularity. But he failed to do so. So, if there is a
    negativity about him, he brought it upon himself and he should not blame anybody at all.

  19. To become a president of this little republic, you have to be a good speaker, you get to know the law and be God fearing and know about the economy.The person who wants to be president should also introduce himself/herself to the people so he can get acquainted with their problems. Not the president who drain the economy, who will take a nap in office during working hours. I am also talking about leader who is able to express himself/herself clearly. Do not vote for anybody who will take us back. If you are voting, vote wise. Remember there are lot of wise dogs around and do not use billy goat and he /she may not move.

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