Monrovia – Hundreds of aggrieved partisans and supporters of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in district #8, Montserrado County have vowed to support the candidacy of an independent candidate for the Representative post in the ensuing elections in Liberia.
The much-anticipated presidential and legislative elections in Liberia are expected to take place on October 10, 2017, according to the National Elections.
The aggrieved CDC partisans and supporters said though they remain supportive of the election of Senators George Manneh Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor as President and Vice President of Liberia respectively, they (partisans) have decided to vote their “conscious” in the ensuing elections.
According to them, Representative candidate Ishmael Sheriff, alias ‘Tamba the Mayonnaise,’ who still holds the position of National Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance of the CDC remains the best choice of the district over incumbent lawmaker Acarous Moses Gray.
They made these assertions on Wednesday, August 24, 2017 during the official launch of candidate Sheriff’s campaign in Sinkor, Monrovia.
They named the importing of customized cell phones with logos and ring tones of the CDC, his staunch loyalty and consistently in paying dues amongst others, as some of the numerous things Mr. Sheriff has done for the party.
The aggrieved CDC partisans and supporters indicated that for too long, they have cast their votes based on party line, and as such, they have observed that the “vote one, vote all” scenario implored by the party in 2005 has done more harm to them than good.
They lamented that they have been persistently neglected and downplayed in terms of decision by the district current representation at the House of Representatives on the party’s ticket.
“Even though we love, George Weah and we will vote for him and Senator Taylor in October, but we will not sacrifice our votes to vote on party line in our district; because they do not live in our district. We are the ones that are living in district % 8; we know our problems and the best person who can solve that problem is Tamba the Mayonnaise,” Samuel Nagbe, a resident of 5th Street Sinkor stated.
“Before the party could come up with that vote one vote all strategy, as for me, I knew it was not going to be fine for some of us in the districts."
"You cannot impose someone who we know have performed poorly for the past six years. That person is even afraid to come and campaign to us,” Theresa Folley noted.
At the same time, candidate Sheriff has vowed to work in the interest of his constituents when elected at the House of Representatives.
He said he will be an accessible lawmaker that will consistently advocate for the well-being of his people.
According to him, the district has been languishing behind in terms of growth and development, and therefore, it requires the collective efforts of all citizens to improve the area by making sound decision at the ballot box come October, 2017.
Sheriff urged residents of the district to vote their conscious, and help maintain the peace and stability that is presently in the country so far.
He used the occasion to call on Liberians to spread messages of peace during and after the ensuing elections.
It can be recalled that sometimes ago, CDC partisans and supporters residing in Soniwien Community, which comprises of 27,000 inhabitants, recently pledged their unflinching support to the representative bid of Ishmael Sheriff at a ceremony held in the community.