As Opposition Doubts Boakai’s Support ‘Swells’, GNN Survey Shows Divert Views

Despite increased support from various groups including some members of the National Legislature of Vice President Joseph N. Boakia’s bid for Liberia’s next president come October 10, 2017, some opposition political parties are describing such support for the Vice President as ‘Mere bluff’, noting that time will tell when the final bell rings.

As arguments between the Pro-Boakai for President and the Anti-Boakai for President continue to overwhelm most street corners and entertainment centers in Monrovia and its environs, with opposing side (Anti-Boakai for President) of the discussion outrageously rubbishing and downplaying the news of the overwhelming support of Vice President Boakai becoming Liberia’s next President.

The anti-Boakai for president also said the twelfth years rule of the Unity Party (UP) has made no difference in the lives of the majority, but rather those who were opportune to be placed in positions of trust are the one who are enjoying the resources of the Country.

“Liberians must see reasons to unseat this Unity Party led-Government, it is about time that we usher in a new breed of politicians who will move this Country forward”, Nathaniel Kollie of Paynesville, and a die-hard Alternative National Congress (ANC), speaking to the GNN-Liberia said.

But in reaction to this, some Pro-Boakai for President supporters, speaking to GNN-Liberia, expressed disappointment, stressing that the Unity Party played its role in the growth and development of the economy, and also the preserving of lasting peace during its twelfth years rule, adding, “The election of VP Boakai will afford the Unity Party (UP) to complete its constitutional duties of this Republic,” Aaron Tucker, a resident of New Georgia Estate in a chat with our staff noted.

With all of these views expressed by those against and those in favor, one would deduce that the current political playing field seems not to be leveled, as the Country gradually moving closer to the ‘D’ day; the day of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections.

According to our survey, the UP candidate is said to be winning more support, even though the opposition political parties see this move as a mere joke for the Unity Party’s Standard Bearer to capture the Executive Mansion after the 2017 general and presidential elections.

However, some of the divert views expressed by some Liberians who also spoke to our reporters around the Country called for a complete change of the Country’s leadership; meaning that it is about time that the UP-led Government give way to the opposition by relinquishing power after a consecutive two terms.

According to our most recent survey conducted, lots have been said about some of the candidates in the Country’s 2017 presidential race, with the names such as Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP), George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC), Alexander Benedict Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP) and Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) are said to be the talk of the town by those who feel that the UP led Government should be unseated.

Reasons given by some of those who spoke to the GNN-Liberia during the past few weeks as to their preferred choice, made specific mention of the unseating of the ruling UP-led Government, and further said this time, the opposition political parties should take the driver’s seat in replacing the UP during the pending elections schedule for October 10, 2017.

Those opting for the replacement of the UP led Government, according to our nationwide pollsters, outlined their reasons, noting that some of the candidates in the presidential race have to quickly do their homework by practically making use of the merger of political parties if the UP led Government should be defeated.

“If presidential candidates of these political parties resolve not to organize themselves properly with the aimed of unseating the UP, I am afraid the story will be difference; meaning an opportunity will be awarded to the Unity Party for the third time,” Jackson Q. Daniels a resident of central Monrovia in a chat with the GNN-Liberia asserted.

Surprisingly, many of those our pollsters spoke to during the survey around the Country agreed that the Unity Party (UP) has over the years performed extremely well, especially in the areas of security and the freedom of expression, but must-see reason to allow the opposition this time to take state power and also play its leadership role.

“I am a full member of the mighty Coalition for Democrat Change (CDC) since 2011, but somehow I am disappointed due to the way things are being handled by its leadership. Currently I have made up my mind to join the Alternative National Congress (ANC); I believe this Party is a matured political party that is prepared for serious business in management the resources of our Country,” Emmalyn Freeman, a resident of Totota, Bong County speaking to the GNN-Liberia during last week said.

According to our pollsters, some of the opposition political parties including the Liberty Party (LP), the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Alternative National Congress (ANC), the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) are robustly making their presence felt in Counties covered by our pollsters.

Our pollsters in Maryland, River Gee, Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties said Liberty Party (LP), the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC), and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) are said to be making a greater impact to impress eligible voters in that part of the country to vote in their interest.

According to the survey, many of those talked to in the counties expressed their constitutional rights to cast their ballots in favor of those they think will successfully lead the country after the 2017 general and presidential elections, making reference of the three political parties.

While at the same time, GNN-Liberia’s pollsters through their regular sampling and interview observed that possible voters in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties observed that the four political parties including the ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), the Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC), the Alternative National Congress (ANC), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) are also making impact in that part of the country.

Even though the Unity Party of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai supporters in those counties are said to be doing everything possible to gain political ground, while the Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Brumskine, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Alexander Cummings followed by the All Liberian Party (ALP) of Benoni Urey and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) of Prince Y. Johnson are also doing their best to capture the interest of voters.

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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.