…Piah Says She Supports Boakai
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
Amidst reports that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to declare support for the candidacy of Ambassador George Weah as a way of seeking protection after her tenure, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah says the president seeks no protection from anyone.
Addressing a news conference Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Piah said the President stands by her integrity and that of her family members.
He said the President’s integrity remains untainted and exemplary, as such, she does not need protection from anyone who will succeed her as President of Liberia.
The Presidential Press Secretary told journalists that President Johnson-Sirleaf does not have anything to hide because she has done no wrong that would warrant seeking protection after she leaves power.
On the rumors that she is not supporting Vice President Joseph N. Boakai’s presidential bid, Piah said the President still maintains her support to the candidacy of the Unity Party Standard Bearer.
He said the president’s support to the Vice President has been demonstrated in deeds and in actions well known to him (Ambassador Boakai).
“As it is customary among world leaders, President Sirleaf has informed all of her colleagues at the levels of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union, the United Nations and others institutions that she supports the presidential bid of the Vice President. This has not change.” Piah stressed.
Piah said “in fact the Vice President has already met a number of leaders on bilateral levels through the kind arrangements and intervention of President Sirleaf.”
Piah also said the President has cooperated with and supported the Vice President in making the critical decisions of choosing a running mate and constituting a campaign committee, adding “the president has further held consultative meeting with Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Unity Party Campaign Manager to discuss the campaign of the party-related matters.”
He called on those spreading the rumors to direct their energy toward winning votes for the Vice President rather than spreading false and misleading information about the president.