ALP, UP Claim Supremacy In Nimba, As Voters Divided Over Who’s To Favor

(From left) ALP Vice standard bearer Duopue and standard bearer Urey uplift their hands to the cheering of their supporters at the 2nd National Convention in Ganta, Nimba County

The political leader of the opposition All Liberian Party (ALP) leader, Benoni Urey seems to be gaining ground in vote rich Nimba County where both parties, the Unity Party (UP) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) recently made their presence felt, even though, according a Correspondent of the GNN, the ALP political leader, Benoni Urey’s arrival dramatically overshadowed the visit of the Unity Party entourage.

The citizens in their number who turned out to listen to the ALP political leader stormed the county’s city hall to reaffirm support to the Presidential bid of Mr. Urey, a businessman-turned politician during a visit to the county over the weekend.

(From left) UP Standard Bearer, Vice President Boakai and his running mate, Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay

Mr. Urey addressing his supporters who were in their joyous state of mind publicly boasted of his ability to transform Liberia if elected as President of Africa’s oldest in the October 10, 2017 poll, and further criticized the Unity Party led Government for abusing and dividing the people of Liberia for twelve unbroken years and still wants to hold on power.

The political leader of the ALP whose address was focused on the poor performance of the UP led-government also noted that besides abuse and division, the Party also taken away everything, including pride and dignity of the people.

“They have made men to become boys and women into girls. They have caused young female children to become prostitutes, but in few months to come, this will all be over”, Urey continues in his fire brand attack against the ruling establishment.

He reminds ALP partisans that the party has a serious battle to fight, which requires talking and persuading fellow Liberians to ensure that the current government is removed democratically, adding that the Sirleaf administration is the worst that Liberia has ever produced since its Independence 170 years ago. He says 60 to 80 percent of the young people in the country is jobless, promising that an ALP-led government will create jobs for the people, because it cares for the commoners.

Mr. Urey further emphasizes that every Liberian has a responsibility to positively move the country forward by reconciling and ensuring that the ruling party is booted out of power in the October presidential and legislative elections, he also cautions that if Liberians did not stand up and hold together to remove the current regime from their back, the next generation would hold them accountable for their inaction.

As the ALP leader was cataloging the failure of the Unity Party-led Government to addressing the plight of the Liberian people, the presidential candidate was also making his presence felt in the County with supporters of the UP overwhelmingly expressing their unflinching support to his presidential bid.

The UP’s presidential candidate took time off to visit Kpain, one of the oldest districts in the County where he was welcomed and presented with several gifts including a cow from citizens of that district, assuring him of their support for the 2017 presidential election.

Our Correspondent who also interviewed some of the supporters of both candidates said they are watching to valuate the records of both presidential candidates as to whether one of them could make a good leader.

Some residents of the City of Ganta in sampling interviews said they have resolved to put behind them the past that divided them over the years, and will go to the poll to vote for the right person who will lead Liberia peacefully.

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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.