President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s “beloved son,” Robert Sirleaf, remains undecided as to whether he will contest the senatorial race despite receiving a petition to stand in the ensuing election.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is to hold Liberia’s first ever, Special Senatorial Election since the coming into force of the 1986 Constitution.
The NEC has set the polling date for the second Tuesday in October of this year (2014).
Mr. Sirleaf received a petition Monday in Monrovia to stand in October’s poll as a candidate for Montserrado County.
The petitioners, under the banner of the Montserrado Redemption Squad. headed by Lasanna Fofana, said they believed that the President's Special Advisor has the ability to deliver in the areas of education, youth empowerment, and community development, which he said “Montserrado County is desperately in need of at the moment.”
Reading the petition at the Clara Town football field, Fofana indicated that community development programs initiated by the President’s son were the determining factor in their choice of the former National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) board chair.
“Petitioning him for the senate is a gateway to the long term development agenda of the country,” Fofana said.
Receiving the petition, Robert Sirleaf described it as a level of responsibility presented to him by the petitioners that needs to be treated with caution.
“I have not made a final decision on this but I will take it to bed tonight and ask God. I believed this petition is about nine years of adequate representation of the people. I know tomorrow will be better,” Robert asserted.
He noted that positive approach to things remains his hallmark. He encouraged his petitioners to remain proactive and positive in addressing issues in the country.
Though undecided, Monday’s petitioning program confirms the prospect of his entering the senatorial race, which will in turn test his popularity should he intend to succeed his mother in the near future.
If Robert should win the senatorial seat, political commentators pointed out; “His mother will certainly tutor him to serve as her successor to run the affairs of the state in order to keep a strong grip on power.”
Mr. Sirleaf has no political party at the moment. This means he will file his papers to Electoral body as an independent candidate. Hee is competing for the Montserrado Senate seat against soccer icon George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberty Party's Benjamin Sanvee and the candidate fielded by his mother own Unity Party, Alue Silla.