The Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Campaign and Mobilization Committee for Montserrado County in the just ended Special Senatorial Election, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, has clarified that Senator-elect George M. Weah will not be a ‘bobo legislator,’ as being widely speculated, arguing that the 48-year old soccer legend is full of potentials.
Bobo lawmakers are Representatives and Senators who are mostly silent and do not participate in deliberations of proposed bills or communications, or who are usually absent, distant, sick or who do not sponsor or co-sponsor a bill.
Prof. Tarpeh said the over 99,000 voters as well as the CDC, are confident that Senator-elect Weah will unlock his full potentials and become a better Senator of Montserrado County to defeat the negatively perceived and unreasonable Liberians who believed that he would be dim-witted or thunderstruck in the Liberian Senate.
The CDC’s Montserrado County Campaign Chairman made the assertions yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in their head offices on McDonald Street.
Prof. Tarpeh pointed out that Amb. Weah as he is given the chance, will exhibit his maximum leadership potentials to take charge of his three cardinal roles which, according to the Liberian constitution, include: representation, oversight and lawmaking.
The former Finance Minister said about 32 years ago, he too at the age of 26 immediately after his graduate studies, was also over-looked, but when given the chance at the Agriculture Bank, he made strides and the records of his contributions are still there.
“We were to clearly say that Amb. Weah would not be and will never be a bobo lawmaker because there is stored in him a lot of energy coupled with our guidance,” said Prof. Tarpeh, who is also Vice President for Financial Affairs at the University of Liberia (UL).
He however expressed regret for the last-minute cancellation of the program unveiling Senator-elect Weah on Monday. Dr. Tarpeh said the event has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 3, 2015, after Weah’s Certification as Senator of Montserrado County.
He said the postponement was due to ‘poor communication’ among the Campaign Committee members, and has taken the blame.
Prof. Tarpeh noted that he has finally joined the CDC after being approached in 2005, but dismissed rumors that his intention for joining CDC is to become Senator for which he was twice defeated in 2005 and 2009.
“I joined the CDC to provide guidance and supervision to the youths of CDC, based on my wealth of experience, not necessarily to use the party for elections,” Prof. Tarpeh said. “We also joined CDC to solidify the strength of the party and change the stereotyping of the party from being full of unruly people— and we are happy things changed during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections, when there was no violence with about 800,000 people on the streets and when we were attacked and Amb. Weah was nearly assassinated.”
He added: “I also joined the CDC to carry my entire corporate experience there.”