Three of Nimba’s senatorial candidates who took part in the just ended special senatorial election have conceded defeat to the incumbent Senator Prince Y. Johnson.
The defeated candidates, pledging their solidarity to the winner, Senator Johnson, appealed for their inclusion in the governance of the county.
Dr. Joseph Kortoe, who was the first to concede, congratulated Senator Johnson for his victory and thanked the people of Nimba County for their decision which, according to him, will be highly respected.
“The people of Nimba County have spoken and we are going to respect their views and we also thank our supporters for the level of support we received from them,” he said.
Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh, who was the main contender among the candidates, also congratulated Senator Johnson, but cautioned him to include them in the decision making of the county so that together they can develop the county.
Madam Weh, a long serving Superintendent of Nimba, received votes from nearly all the polling centers in the County. She emerged from the outset as runner up to Senator Johnson.
The decisions of the political contenders to concede defeat appears to have solidified Nimba unity which had been rocky long before the political campaign began.
At the close of the 2011 general election, Madam Weh took Senator Thomas Grupee to court, accusing him of not being a Liberian. Shortly after the case was settled, the issue of Nimba division became intense and many blamed her for masterminding it.
The peaceful conduct of the election as well as the overwhelming result in favor of Senator Johnson is being considered the beginning of the transformation of Nimba in terms of unity and togetherness.
Cllr. Yarmin Quiqui Gbeisay, who had been critical from the onset of the election, threatening a lawsuit should there be any irregularity, was among the first to congratulate Senator Johnson for his victory.
Cllr. Grupee said we were critical of the election not because we were against Senator Johnson. Now that he has won, the game is over and we are going back to our usual businesses.