– Weah says as Ganta welcomes him and Johnson
Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson and Senator George Weah were given a stunning reception in the commercial city of Ganta on Friday, October 27, a day after Senator Johnson endorsed Senator Weah for the November 7 runoff presidential election.
The thousands of Nimba citizens who lined up the main streets of Ganta from the Immigration Checkpoint to the center of the city, along which the two senators and their entourage drove in an open-top car, cheered them on.
Senator Johnson later told his supporters to vote for the CDC to bring change to the country. He said the days of massive exploitation of “our resources and transferring of corrupt officials from one ministry to another are over.”
Johnson added, “The time for unaccountable stewardship by officials of government is over. It is time to rebuild and settle our differences through reconciliation. We must reconcile and unite ourselves to move the country to the greater height and to economic growth, stability, and prosperity.”
Johnson was optimistic enough to call on his detractors, especially the chiefs of Nimba County, headed Peter Barlour, to join his camp now, before the inauguration of Sen. Weah as president in January.
He said his decision to endorse Weah is consistent with when he gave his support to the Unity Party in 2011, adding, “To hell with those who are blaming me for being inconsistent for pledging my support to Ambassador George Weah.
“I stood here before and told you that this is the time for a new Liberia and a new history, so it is time that we remove Ambassador Boakai and the UP-led government from power through the ballot box.”
Sen. Johnson then proceeded to introduce Sen. Weah as a “son of Nimba” because he (Weah) was born in the county.
For Senator George Weah, he expressed happiness to be in Nimba and thanked the citizens for the support he received in the first round.
He said the UP-led government of Vice President Boakai was given 12 years to do something, but achieved nothing, “It is now time for the UP-led government to be retired by the Coalition of Democratic Change.”
He thanked Sen. Johnson for pledging his support to the CDC, which he said he also did in the 2005 election, and called for a government of inclusion, calling on his opponent – the Unity Party supporters, to join the CDC for a better Liberia.
The two senators were also well received in Sanniquellie and Karnplay.