Liberians and other local and international elections observers who are in the country to observe Liberia’s historic election and were anxiously awaited to grace today’s second presidential debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC) with the anticipation of having to listen to both the presidential candidates of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Nyuma Boakai and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), George Manneh Weah were today disappointed, as both candidates failed to show up.
Our reporter who was at the debate hall, the Paynesville Town Hall for the debate said some supporters of the Unity Party who were at the debate expressed disappointment in their presidential candidate, noting that he (VP Boakai) should have abandoned his Cape Mount County visit and attend the debate.
Given reason for the absence of the UP presidential candidate, the Deputy Spokesman of the Party, Mohammed Ali, said the Vice President Joseph Boakai, would not attend the debate because he has a scheduled campaign launch in Grand Cape Mount County today.
But for other partisans of the UP who spoke to the GNN today, said they are disappointed for their presidential candidate’s refusal to attend today’s debate, noting that the Vice President at this crucial time should have suspended his visit to Cape Mount for the next day, and be part of the today’s debate.
Speaking further, the supporters for the presidential bid of VP Boakai, expressed fear that his absence from the debate today will give edge to the opposition to find excuses not to show up. “What do you think the opposition will say about our candidate? Especially some members of the CDC who will say a lot about the action of the VP absence, despite the absence of their political leader from the debate for the second time.