Party Opponents Celebrate Rep Edward Forh’s Primary Loss

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By Omari Jackson

Many residents of Montserrado District #16 who had qualms with Rep. Edward Forh of the Congress of Democratic Change (CDC) from issues within the party and his personal errors were excited last Friday at the end of its primaries that saw him losing to potential candidate Dixon Seboe.

At the end, Seboe secured 30 votes against 13 for incumbent Forh, a loss for which his opponents in the party said is about time for him to rest and give another person (in this case, Seboe) a chance.

Though the primaries were held at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, the Borough of New Kru Town was alive with celebration and congratulations, with Forh’s party opponents commending each other saying that it was the end of the proverbial hat-trick, meaning winning for the third time. Many said Rep. Forh and his sympathizers had boasted of a hat-trick in campaign messages before the primaries.

While some of his opponents told the Daily Observer about the little that Rep. Forh did for the community in the last 12 years, his sympathizers, including Wolo Nah, points to several projects, some completed and others in progress that can be credited to Rep. Forh.

“The New Kru Town Hall, the St. Paul Bridge Town Hall and the on-going Magisterial Court and Police Department are some of his doing,” Nah says. “I also know that he secured US$100,000 for the D. Twe High School coastal defense and he is working to secure further US$500,000.” He regretted the failure of the CDC to give Rep. Forh a third chance.

He credited Rep Forh for looking out for those who devastated by outbreaks of fire and other disasters in the borough, pointing to a recent fire incident in Borbor Garage where two houses with eleven rooms were destroyed, rendering several people homeless.

“Rep. Forh provided eleven mattresses and US$330 to the victims as his initial contribution and assured them of further help,” Nah said. “I am sure that majority of the people will miss Rep. Forh’s leadership ability.”

However, party opponents told the Daily Observer in the stronghold of the CDC in New Kru Town that Rep. Forh had had enough at the House of Representatives and therefore he should allow another person to contribute his share at the House.

“Two terms (12 years) is enough for him,” said Johnson Toe, who said he is excited about Rep. Forh’s exit. “Since being at the House, he has never called a town hall meeting to meet with the people.”

Perhaps, Rep. Forh’s greatest weaknesses included two instances, when in 2011, his opponents said, he joined Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherrif to go against the CDC, eventually returned and was pardoned. They said his greatest sin was committed a few years ago when he was involved in a financial scandal trying to siphon the Montserrado County Development Funds. He had demanded that the Montserrado Superintendent, Madam

Grace Kpahn, share the County Development Funds between them.

When she expressed fear of how the then Minister of Internal Affairs, Blamo Nelson, would react to such a proposition, Forh told her not to worry, for the Minister, too, was waiting for his share. In an expression of reassurance to the superintendent, Forh told her in a phone conversation, which she recorded: “You will chop, I will chop and the Minister will chop.”

Rep. Forh might have lived to regret that modern communication could expose someone unexpectedly and could have condemned the weakness of his human nature, but the results of the primaries, particularly his loss, has made it apparent that the rank and file of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) never forgave him for bringing the party’s name into public disrepute.

Another tragedy for Rep. Forh was the unfortunate death of his daughter Nikita Forh who was refused care at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center following an asthmatic attack which she suffered during the heat of the Ebola crisis on September 26, 2014. Rep. Forh’s pleas with hospital staff to admit his daughter fell on deaf ears, resulting in her death on the grounds of the hospital.

Compounding his agony was his failure to get justice for his daughter’s death in a US$25 million suit for damages against the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Though many opposing CDCians did express sympathy for Rep. Forh losing his daughter, they were not sympathetic for him losing the primaries and rejoiced for his downfall.

But Wolo Nah believes that “Rep. Forh will fight back,” to demonstrate his leadership ability to win for the third time, if there is any possibility.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I hope your will take these sentiments to the voting centers on election’s day and vote the right people this time around.

  2. This is what suddenly happens to someone who wants to represent people primarily for his own selfish ends. Forh´s OBSESSION WITH GRABBING MONEY NO MATTER THE MEANS, and his unnecessary and over obsequious submissive servitude to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf simply because she took him along on her trips abroad, AND SIDELINING THE NEEDS AND INTEREST OF HIS OWN PEOPLE(eg. D.Tweh High etc. etc) necessitated the need for Forh to go into retirement with Ellen where he will really be able to serve her.

    All those things he calls projects he conducted were only carried out because he financially benefited from them very surplusly. An incumbent getting less than a quarter of 45 votes speaks volumes of his unfitness to represent his constituency any longer. This primary is an indicia of excellent democratic political leadership on the part of CDC!

  3. Forh is corrupt and stupid.
    His defeat didn’t come as surprise, for he was destined to lose. During his tenure in the House, he placed his personal enrichment over community fortune. He left the community in tatters because of his self-seeking tendencies. While he did little to help the community, he did everything to enrich himself.
    In democracy such as our’s, the role of a representative is to represent the full interest of the community that he or she represents; to champion the needs and welfares of the people that reside in their constituencies, and initiates the development goals of the community.
    Forh flatly failed in carry out any or all the reasons why he was elected in the first place.
    Re-electing a man like Forh would have pose a serious treat to the upliftment of the community. Kudos to the community for using their votes to stop this glutton from advancing his self-serving behaviour.

  4. Liberia is truly at the cross road of political evolution and an economic renaissance. Given the miniature post-war gains during the the Sirleaf’s administration in the rebuilding of our democratic institutions, and growth in infrastructure and human capital, Liberians need to look in rear view mirror and use this election to send a signal that the days of corruption and political expediency to accommodate self-serving behaviours is long overdue.
    The early days of sirleaf’s government might have seemed to signal a change that the old orders of governance were over, but she failed to leave a lagacy of transformation that the Liberian people deeply desired at the time. She failed to empower the Liberian people to take the destiny of the country into their own hands,rather she appionted corrupt official that used the country’s natural resources to enrich themselves.
    The left an eminent danger of going back to the days of anarchy because similar conditions that allow the war to flourish still exist. The inflation rate is unmanageable, and rate of unemployment among youth is unfathomable, making life extremely unbearable for young people. College graduate acquired unusable skills because of the dismal standard of the country’s major educational institution, making them literally unemployable.The left the country’s economy in the hand of foreigners, who exploit the country resources and send the money to develop their home countries. While we do not support closed border, we encourage fair, and equitable distribution of the country’s wealth.
    It is time for us as leaders to promote Liberia first business policies to empower local businesses to flourish, and rekindle the nation’s millennium development objectives.
    We are endowed with abundant rain, fertile agriculture, yet we lack the ability to produce adequate electricity to drive economic development. Also, we lack the ability to feed ourselves, given our youthful population because the failures in government’s policies to stem these eonomic inefficiencies.

  5. Liberia is truly at the cross road of democratic evolution and an economic renaissance.
    Given the miniature post-war gains during the Sirleaf’s administration, in the rebuilding of our nascent democratic institutions, and infrastructure, and human capital growth; Liberians need to look in the rear view mirror and use this election to send a signal that the days of massive corruption, and political expediency to accommodate self-serving behaviours are long overdue.
    Liberians need to make informed decisions in deciding the kinds of leaders, that they want to represent them. To make the right choices, as to who must govern us at all levels of government, we need to evaluate ourselves by looking deeper into our own value system to determine whether or not, we want the same sets of leaders who led our nation astray.
    Are we going to elect the kind of leaders who come only doing the electoral process, and psychoanalyze us for our votes and leave us once the election is done,or are we going to select those who care about their electoral districts, and are eager enough to drive develop to their areas?
    The early days of the Sirleaf’s government would have seemed to signal a change that the old orders of governance were over, but she failed to leave a legacy of transformations that the Liberian people did desired, rather she oversaw one of the most corrupt government in the history of the country. She employed the most corrupt officials who siphoned the country’s natural resources for their own usage.
    Although, she wasn’t given a blind cheque, as the country was in total ruins, including the total breakdown of law and order, dacaying infrastructure, and the health and educational system, but the Liberian people were optimistic and believed that she was up to task to transform the nation’s fortune because of her vast experience and academic credentials.
    The Sirleaf’s administration failed to economically empowered the Liberians to take the destiny of their country into their own hands, instead most of businesses in the country are in the hands of foreigners who make money in the local economy and send it abroad to develop their own countries;leaving Liberia as one of poorest and underdeveloped country in Africa.
    There is an eminent danger of going back to the war era because the treacherous conditions that once fostered the war still exist.
    The unployment rate among youths is accelerating, and the rate of infliction is ballooning, making affordability of basic essentials for ordinary people unbearable.
    Eventhoug, our country is endowed with ariable and fertile agriculture land, and surplus rainfall, food insecurity for majority households in the urban areas is looming. The country lacks the ability to build hydroelectric dams to provide cost-effective electricity that drive sustainable economic development.Liberia lacks the ability to husband her natural resources to provide adequate health and educational infrastructure as well as to provide and improve economic and social indicators due to poor resource management, and overall government policies.
    Agriculture is labor intensive and about 40% of the country’s population is youthful,and overwhelmingly majority of these youths are either illiterate or lowly educated. Why are we not employing the manpower of these youths to boost agriculture growth, export food and cut the import of rice and other essential products to create foreign exchange, rather using what we get from export of our resources to import rice, creating capital flights and trade deficits all the times? Most of our higher educational institutions are dismal, as a result they produce very poor graduates who are incapable of better employment. We need to improve teachers and professors salaries to improve the quality of teaching and research.
    Corruptions create capital immobility and capital markets inefficiencies, and stifle innovations and foreign investments. Therefore, empowering the juridiciary to eradicate corruptions through enforcing the rule of law is worth the fight because the benefits are stupendous. Liberians need to lead the fight against corruption, if we want our country to gravitate from the abyss of backwardness into a new era of sustainable growth, that will improve the socio-economic wellbeing of every Liberians.
    Though, we are not against migration and open border, it is time for us, as leaders to promote Liberians centre business policy. An approach in which Liberian-owned businesses will government allocated loans to enlarge their businesses to compete with foreign-owned businesses since it is hard for Liberian businesses to get loan easily from the financial institutions.
    Empirical studies showed that micro financing loans to farmers and small business owners can increase GDP and empower recepients economically by making them employers. The ripple effect in the economy as a whole cannot be underestimated.
    These are just little recommendations as we look forward to the forthcoming election to enable us to use our forsight in electing functional leaders that are going to work hard in the interest of the nation.

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