Chiefs and elders in Lofa County have hit back at critics of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai over his presidential ambition, terming their assertions as “reckless and unrealistic.”
The reaction of the chiefs and elders comes amidst criticisms by some opposition elements that Vice President Boakai’s political grip on his native homeland is diminishing, citing the result of the just-ended Lofa County by-election.
The Chiefs say it will be “a sad mistake for anyone” to consider the result of the by-election to be the position of Lofa in the 2017 presidential election.
The added: “The miserable results of all the opposition parties that took part in the process must send a strong message that Lofa is not prepared to do business with any party other than the Unity Party with Vice President Boakai on the ticket.”
According to the Chiefs and elders, Vice President Boakai is “the most experienced candidate to lead the country at this time,” adding, “He has the temperament, maturity and the proven track record of performing, and besides, he has the spirit of peace which puts him in a better position to unify the county.”
The head of the Paramount Chiefs Council of Lofa County, Musa Kamara of Quardu Gboni District, said the failure of the Unity Party to retain the seat in District #2 can in no way affect Vice President Boakai’s 2017 presidential bid as is being 'shamefully heralded' by “mere detractors.”
“We Lofans are plainly resolved and fully prepared to support our kinsman for the position of President come 2017, simply because he has what it takes to move the country to another level. He is the best presidential candidate to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”,” Chief Kamara stated.
Chief Kamara, flanked by scores of chiefs and elders of the county, spoke to the ELBC correspondent over the week-end in Voinjama during which he made this defining and unwavering comment.
At the same time, views sampled from District #2 where the by-election was just held, generally indicate that the result of the Unity Party candidate must be blamed on him, and not the Vice President.
Many persons told reporters that the candidate never applied seriousness by campaigning vigorously as was the case of the winner.
According to a release from the office of Vice President Boakai, the VP took only a single day to campaign for the Unity Party candidate because he was never in the country, noting that that the folks that were working on the ground never told the Vice President the reality on the ground regarding the lack of seriousness on the part of the UP candidate.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with the ELBC on New Year’s Day, Vice President Boakai confidently indicated that Lofa remains a ‘no go zone’ for any opposition presidential candidate, adding that his people are fully backing him for presidency.
He informed listeners that he never lost in the just-ended by-election, revealing that the winner of the by-election is in his camp and is, in fact, one of his strong supporters.