–But Political Pundits Predict Tense Contest
The people of Bong County have endorsed the Presidential bid of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. The turnout was impressive and the ruling party standard bearer was thrilled by the torrent of people who attended the petitioning ceremony at the weekend.
Bong County is said to be the strong hold of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who is also the Vice Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change. The people of Bong twice voted for Madam Taylor as Senator of the county, and there are likelihood that they could demonstrate similar support during presidential and legislative elections on October 10, 2017.
However, the massive turnout by the people of Bong County during the endorsement of Vice President Joseph Boakai, at the weekend, appears to have given the ruling party standard bearer the motivation that he could win this politically strategic region.
Not withstanding, political pundits believe that Bong County is expected to be a serious political battle ground between Mr. Boakai and the Coalition of Democratic Change of which Senator Taylor is the party’s Vice standard bearer. Political commentators say Senator Taylor is increasingly popular and connected in this part of Liberia than the Coalition standard bearer, George Weah; an opinion which officials of the coalition accept.
But, with the endorsement of Mr. Boakai by the people of Bong County, political pundits also predict a narrow victory for either party is probable.
Last weekend, a number of organizations and individuals including some 19 senators pledged their support to the candidacy of Mr. Boakai. The senators who signed a resolution last week did not include Senators Weah and Taylor of the CDC coalition, as well as Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction.
In the signed resolution, the senators said their decision to endorse the candidacy of Mr. Boakai was based on his experience in public service and his maturity in handling matters of national affairs, particularly when it comes to conflict resolution and reconciliation issues.
Before now, Vice President Boakai’s candidacy had experienced some setback, amid reports that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was allegedly supporting the Liberty Party Candidate. However, Madam Sirleaf has since clarified that she remains supportive of the Boakai presidency.
Speaking at the petitioning ceremony in Gbarnga, Bong County at the weekend, the head of the steering committee to endorse Mr. Boakai, Senator Henry Yallah of Bong County, said they have recruited prominent politicians in the county as well as other citizens to endorse Mr. Boakai.
He said the massive turnout of Bong citizens at the endorsement ceremony was an indication that the people of Bong will support him in October 2017.
Senator Yallah described Vice President Boakai as the man who the Liberian people can trust to develop their country.