After winning his final presidential primary as Standard Bearer of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), the political leader of the Party, Alexander B. Cummings affectionately call ABC on Saturday, the 22nd of April, 2017 officially announced his running mate, Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh at a well-attended national convention held in Kakata, Margibi County.
The occasion was colorful as hundreds of ANC partisans, supporters and well-wishers stormed the commercial City of Kakata to witness the occasion after both Sulunteh and Cummings toured across the region, most recently in Gbarpolu and Bomi Counties where the ANC held primaries last Monday and Tuesday.
The election of Mr. Cummings has been historic in its nature being the first of its kind in Liberia; never has the political leader of a Liberian political party been elected standard bearer, by a county-by-county national primary election.
Sulunteh, joined the ANC last month, and has since been the assumed ANC Vice Standard Bearer pick, the newly ANC Vice Presidential pick has served as senior national vice chairman of Unity Party (UP) that successfully concluded with the re-election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2011. Sulunteh resigned from the governing Unity Party on February 15 of this year.
Sulunteh after his endorsement, thanked the ANC and Mr. Cummings, stating that he was honored to be chosen as Cummings vice standard bearer due to Cummings capacity for leadership, adding that Cummings was the country’s best alternative. “I am inspired by Mr. Cummings and by his leadership. He is the best alternative Liberia has too the challenges she faces. He is a reformer and achiever.”, said Sulunteh.
Ambassador Sulunteh rose through the ranks of Liberian public service, from a humble beginning as Senior Commercial Aide at the Bong County Agriculture Development Project in Bong County, Liberia in 1981 to being appointed as the Liberian ambassador to the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Ambassador Sulunteh has held several Cabinet positions including minister of transport and then minister of labor, transport and post and telecommunication. Following his first appointment as transport minister, Ambassador Sulunteh undertook a project to build an elementary and junior high school in his hometown of Gboimu to ensure that children would not have to walk, as he had done, three miles every morning to attend school in neighboring Gbondoi.
In addition, Ambassador Sulunteh who nurtured students in economic development at the Graduate School of Cuttington University, his alma mater, and public finance administration at the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning, the University of Liberia. He is married to Mrs. Kabeh Sulunteh with whom he has three children.
The Alternative National Congress is the one of the country’s newest political parties in Liberia, having gained full-fledged party status in 2013. The party is dedicated to creating an inclusive government that works for the people of Liberia at all levels. The party’s political leader, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive and philanthropist has quickly become a forerunner since his entry into the 2017 race for presidency.
The Alternative National Congress on Saturday held their national convention at Kakata City Hall in Margibi and elected Alexander B. Cummings as standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress. After holding primaries in all 15 counties, ANC delegates choose Mr. Cummings to represent them in the upcoming Liberian presidential race.