…..Ellen’s Son Accepts Petition
The former Board Chairman of National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Robert A. Sirleaf has announced his candidacy for Montserrado County senatorial election.
Addressing a press conference on Clay Street Wednesday in Monrovia, Mr. Sirleaf said he would contest as an independent candidate.
Mr. Sirleaf was petitioned Monday by several groups from Montserrado County’s 17 electoral districts to participate in the October poll.
He told the petitioners that he was yet to decide on contesting in the election, but assured them that he would seek God’s guidance and his family advice on the matter.
It seems that God has told him to contest in the pending senatorial election two days after he was petitioned.
Sirleaf told news men “with the abiding faith in the Almighty, and a belief which is deeply-rooted in the will of our people for progress, today, I Robert Alvin Sirleaf announce my candidacy for senator of Montserrado County.”
He did not entertain questions from journalists who attended the news conference. There was also chanting of pro-Robert Sirleaf slogans by a group of supporters.
Mr. Sirleaf assured citizens of Montserrado County that he will strive to reach “across our differences in age, gender, religion and political parties because we should not be divided by these”.
He disclosed that he would listen to them, listen to their dreams, hopes, aspirations and “together we will think forward to make those a reality.”
According to him, rural and urban Montserrado are not separated by age, gender, religion or political views.
Sirleaf: “we are separated by opportunity. By thinking forward and working together over the next nine years, I know we can continue to close the opportunity gap and build a strong county, a more prosperous county, a county we can proudly call Montserrado.”
In 1985, Mr. Sirleaf’s mother President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf contested and won the Montserrado County senatorial seat but refused to take office claiming that her party’s Standard Bearer, the late Jackson F. Doe was cheated by then incumbent President Samuel K. Doe.
It is also not clear whether Madam Johnson-Sirleaf would support her son’s candidacy or her party’s candidate in the pending election. Unity Party has endorsed Ali Syli as its candidate for the election.