Rep. Dakel Blasts Critics Over Reports That He manipulated The Just Ended CDC Primaries

Eldred Wlemongar Thomas/GNN Staff Reporter

William Varney Dakel, Monsterrado County District # 17 Representative

William Varney Dakel, Monsterrado County District # 17 Representative has blasted critics over reports that he financially manipulated the recently held Coalition for Democratic Change primaries which he emerged victorious on a white ballot.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the GNN, Representative Dakel said he won unopposed due to fear from others who attempted going on the CDC ticket during the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections.

He debunked the allegation and challenged his critics to prove that his selection on white ballot was based on financial inducement.

According to Representative Dakel, he did not only win unopposed due to fear from his opponents who had interest to contest on the CDC ticket, but the level work done in district 17 under his watch as lawmaker over the last five years.

He rubbished the claims” contending why should I spend money to manipulate a primary, when have and continue to work for my people at the level of Legislature”

Representative Dakel challenged his contenders that district 17 is not play ground, but an opportunity to serve those who in entrusted him with state.

He also warned critics he described as detractors that the Coalition for Democratic Change is not a political institution to be used as hustle ground and challenged them to prove their political strengthen they claim to possess.

But the lawmaker was quick to observe that winning the primary to contest on the CDC ticket will not place him on the path of complacency, nothing he remains ever on his developmental trajectory.

He informed cross section of CDC partisans and supporters that instead of spending money on primary, he remains focus on projects to help transform the lives of his constituents and development the district.

Representative Dakel outlined some of the projects as the construction of an Administrative Building and a market in Chessemanburg Township valued at 180,000 United States dollars, market building in the VOA 1 Community in Brewerville, 14-bedroom clinic in Bonoweh, 38,000 market around the baby Ma Junction and a town hall put at 7,000 USD in the same area.

He also mentioned the Scholarship Scheme for three hundred students since 2012 and recently sponsoring of more than six hundred twelve grade students by paying their WAEC Fees in the tone of 2.9 million Liberian dollars.

“Those schools that benefited for the WAEC Fees include Voah Academy in VOA, Annie Banks in Brewerville, Arthur Kulah United Methodist School, Kpellah Public High and Sarah Barclay, he disclosed”.

He spoke at the weekend during gathering to appreciate CDC district 17 Coordinator Bedell Fahn Jr. Zonal heads, Youth League and Women Wing at the its newly refurbished district headquarters in Brewerville.

“Coming back to say thank is not too common to our political landscape, so although I won on white ballot, I remain grateful to all of you my supporters and sympathizers, adding that even-though it was not a physical political challenge, people who believe in us must be thanked, Representative Dakel sounded in a zealous mood.”

The district seventeen lawmaker boasted that due to work in the district and joining the leading opposition party, he will not only retain his seat, but vigorously canvas to ensure the Presidential bid of Senator George Weah becomes a reality amid cheers from CDC partisans and supporters.

He told this Network as a mark of appreciation, a bigger gathering is pending to officially thank his people and unveil himself as the CDC’s choice for d-17.

Representative Dakel who claims to be the political messiah of the district contested on the National Democratic Coalition ticket in 2011 defected to the CDC after winning the party’s district 17 seat unchallenged, now has over a dozen aspirants to content with at the October 2017 polls.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.