With 468 days to the holding of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, several politicians have begun switching alliances to the candidates of their choice.
One such person to pledge his support to the presidential ambition of former Central Bank Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, is Josephus M. Paye, himself a representative aspirant in Nimba County’s Electoral District #6. The district is currently represented at the 53rd National Legislature by Ricks Toweh.
“Having consulted with my family, friends and supporters under the umbrella of the ‘Friends of Josephus Paye (FOJP) for Representative 2017,’ I hereby pledge my support to Dr. J. Mills Jones and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) in the ensuing elections,” Mr. Paye said in a statement addressed to Dr. Jones’ party.
According to Mr. Paye, his decision is a result of careful and analytical scrutiny of all political actors and institutions on the current landscape of the country’s body politic, with the view of identifying the one most suitable and better prepared to address the unprecedented wave of poverty that now plagues the nation.
In Mr. Paye’s view, Dr. Jones, among the presidential candidates, “is best suited to fight the country’s endemic corruption as well as relieving citizens from the hands of pandemic poverty.”
Dr. Jones while serving as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia demonstrated the capacity and vision to transform the country, he said.
“This was evident by practical steps and initiatives taken that had clear trickle-down effect on rural dwellers and other less fortunate people in society,” Mr. Paye added.
To woo more support for Dr. Jones, Mr. Paye has called on all well meaning Liberians, especially residents of Electoral District #6 in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, to see Dr. Jones and MOVEE as the beacon of hope for the rebirth of the nation.
Mr. Paye’s declaration for Dr. Jones came barely a week after former Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly Sr. declared his support for Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s presidential bid for 2017.
Dukuly also called on other citizens, both at home and abroad, to support Veep Boakai.
He described VP Boakai as the best man positioned to succeed President Sirleaf and to continue to champion the effort to build on the dividends of 12 years of peace, security, and stability.