At a political rally held yesterday in Monrovia as part of his 72nd birth anniversary, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai said his acceptance of a mandate to seek the highest office of the land in the upcoming 2017 elections is not to accrue benefits to himself, but for the sake of the Liberian people.
“To my Liberian people, I say this is not about position. This is not about Joseph Boakai. This is about our country, its future, its stability, its respectability, its tranquility, and its forward move,” Boakai said to a mammoth crowd of mainly his supporters at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) yesterday, to a round of applause.
He boasted that the blood that runs through his veins does not know greed, undermining, cheating, envy, bigotry, corruption, hot temper and or selfishness, but to think, build and love Liberia.
“These are the vices that besiege our country up to date. These are the tendencies we need to look out for as we make the critical choice on succession in the leadership of this country,” Boakai said.
Veep Boakai made the remarks yesterday at a program marking the observance of the confirmation of the petition by the people of Lofa County, asking him to run for president of Liberia, held at his 72nd birth anniversary in Monrovia.
According to him, as the 2017 election draws near, many political “prophets will descend from the skies, and roam around promising all the pies that one could ever wish for,” noting that, “the pies are in the sky and will never be available for anyone to consume,” which elicited laughter from the gathering.
The Unity Party Standard Bearer urged Liberians to have a sober evaluation of those who, just out of the blue, have recently emerged as ‘doctors for poverty’, ‘the nation’s #1 farmer’, ‘the one who loves Liberia the most’, and you name it.”
He urged Liberians to “shine your eyes” and make the right decision at the polls and ensure that it will be about changing the course of Liberia; getting the country on a development path “with renewed responsibility, honesty, care, and unreserved love.”
“Yours is my assurance that your trust will never be betrayed. Ours is to submit ourselves to the will of our people and together seek your endorsement. And so, I can assure you, my chiefs, elders, youth, and people of Lofa, that as I today reaffirm my acceptance of the challenge you have thrown upon me, I will never depart from those ethics and principles,” Boakai told the gathering who responded with a resounding pledge of support for his presidential bid.
He continued: “If we all can hold together in the struggle for these virtues, I guarantee you, Liberia will win!”
At the UP National Convention last July in Gbarnga, Bong County, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf handed the mantle of authority to VP Boakai as the Standard Bearer of the governing UP.
Many partisans, including the VP himself, termed the President’s action as historic and unprecedented.
Moreover, Boakai believes that President Sirleaf’s support has resounded in the 15 counties, thereby invigorating him to aspire for the nation’s highest office.
He meanwhile expressed his profound delight over yesterday’s gathering, which he said further reinforces the position of his people, adding, “This assembly shows that Lofains are a friendly people and have thus made many friends who are willing to join their cause.”
“We recalled fondly that the huge convergence in Lofa in 2015 reechoed by this huge one here today, started off with a historic milestone much earlier in 2015. It was not a request; it was an order from my people.”
For her part, President Sirleaf assured Liberians that she remains committed to supporting Boakai in the 2017 election by ensuring that he wins at the polls. She called on Liberians to work with the Vice President to make his dream to help move Liberia forward become a reality.
“I remain firm in supporting Joseph Boakai to the end and we must all work together to ensure that he wins that seat as president,” said President Sirleaf.