‘The People’s Needs Are My Platform’

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Contrary to the global swaying tactic where in politicians cut through the noise to deliver a “written platform (message)” especially before an election, Montserrado County Senator-elect, George M. Weah, defied the odds and scored a landslide 78% of the votes in an 11-candidate race.  

He then announced “that his platform is the needs of the people.”

Senator-elect Weah said his platform for Montserrado County will be what the people need and, in doing so, he would appoint a committee to solicit views from the 17 districts in Montserrado County as part of his 90-day working plan.

The Montserrado County Senator made the announcement on Saturday at the headquarters of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Congo town, after he and 10 Senators-elect were certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as winners in the December 20 Special Senatorial Election.

He thanked the over 99,000 Liberians who voted for him, as well the about 27,000 who voted for his opponents.

Senator Weah argued that though he isn’t perfect, yet he is capable to represent the people of Montserrado County, and he would make friends to achieve the people’s objective in the Senate.

“As a Senator for Montserrado County, I will do my best to cooperate and collaborate, and to speak on behalf of the County,” Senator-elect Weah said. “I am not going to the Senate to stall anything.”

He added: “I am here to learn… I know am going to learn, but let me assure you that I’ll maximize my full potentials, and because I am a team player we are going to be successful.”

Weah, the political leader of the CDC, said his success would drive him to be a good team leader though not a dictator.  He said he could never believe in laissez-faire leadership.

“If I can be successful and become the world best (football) player while playing in a country where racism was at the peak, why I can’t be successful in the Liberian Senate?” Senator Weah asked rhetorically. “I would prefer the 4-4-2 classic pattern to be a good team player rather than use the 4-5-1 system to be a loner!”

He said that he would collaborate with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international groups for the benefit of the county and the country at large.

He indicated that his office would have a team of legal minded Liberians to guide him on his responsibility, which include representation, oversight and lawmaking.

Meanwhile, Weah has announced Mr. Frank O. Grant as his Chief of Staff.

He disclosed that since he entered into politics in 2005 there has been lot of criticism, but he has believed in hope and been focused, and this has resulted in his overwhelming win of the senatorial seat for Montserrado County.

“My wife, Mrs. Clara Weah, will be here on the 9th of January to also thank the people of Montserrado County for the confidence you reposed in me, and for that am ready to work and will work,” he said.

He thanked the 14 lawmakers who endorsed his candidacy, the chairman of the CDC Montserrado County Campaign Committee, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh; the president of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility; and the executive committee members of CDC.

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