Liberia’s Political Climax appears to be getting gradually mature and analytical especially on how eligible voters elect national leaders into Power, unlike in the past.
Well In Montserrado County, the card is said to be turning around basically for perhaps diverse reasons, However the recent Senatorial bi-election in Montserrado County is a case study and a writing on the wall for the Ruling Position whose once boasted of having Montserrado County as their strong hold and a no go zone to work harder and get back to the drawing board to ensure said previous statement is supported clearly by the people’s votes.
The Victory of Senator Elect Abraham Darius Dillon brings to two the number of bi-elections in Montserrado County of which the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change have lost in their branded strong hold County of Montserrado in less than a year.
Dillon according to partisans of the opposition Liberty Party including sideline supporters is now the new County Giant of Montserrado having surpassed the previous votes of over 92,000 won by former Senator now President of Liberia George Weah in the 2014 Senatorial election.
The Liberty Party Senator Number two , Dillon clinched over 102,000 votes in the National Election Commission August 2, 2019 result released.
He got a resounding victory over CDC’s Paulita C.C. Wie who came second with about 63,971 votes amounting to 34.77%.
Though the ruling Party previously wish and Bragg of a victory and not just a victory but a resounding one to send a clear message that Montserrado County is their strong-Hold,” Political Leader-George Weah”, reminded CDCians during the heated, bitter, and words of war exchange campaign period recently.
The ruling establishment still remains in shock wave of the Senatorial election result which did not go their way similarly to that of the then Ruling Party, Unity Party in 2014.
The UP in 2014 Senatorial race relied heavily on its ruling position, Former President Ellen Johnson sirleaf’s influence and popularity at the time allegedly and covertly supported Robert Sirleaf, the Son of Former President Ellen Johnson.
Robert Sirleaf who was overly criticized by the then opposition now ruling position for allege corruption, nepotism and many others rolled up its political sleeves as well as its political coat-suit and massively campaign to ensure a victory both against the then ruling position (UP) and the President’s Son, Independent Candidate, Robert Sirleaf.
Rob who also relied on his support to the BYC Football Club, the dashing out of cash to many others, the construction of mini stadiums in Montserrado County including the employment of many young people but also had a stigma on him especially his linked with his Mother and the then money hub, the National Oil Company of Liberia , NOCAL of which he served as chair of the board on what he referred to as the rendering of a free services to the Country, something that was then greeted with huge debates in 2014.
Robert Sirelaf was the direct target of the opposition CDC now ruling position, similarly in the just ended Senatorial election saw the ruling position candidate Paulita C.C. Wie, the direct political target of the opposition, mainly the four collaborating political party.
Liberians according to political pundits voted George Weah in 2014 Senatorial election among other things on a protest basis though he Weah had a huge numerical strength due to his sporting, humanitarian and downtrodden backgrounds among others.
But many say the hardship then experienced by the people under the then regime of Former President Sirleaf prompted them to vote George Weah overwhelmingly instead of Robert Sirleaf to avoid the continuation of their suffering.
This situation political pundits say repeated itself in 2019 when the ruling position political leader George Weah heavily canvass for the CDC’s candidate Paulita C.C.Wie for a resounding victory to ensure the seat is retained by the Party, but the effort and support of the Liberian leader including other CDCians was the direct opposite as many Liberians again on protest basis went the other side and voted overwhelmingly Abraham Darius Dillon with a percentage of 55.74% against Paulita’s Wie of 34.77%.
The reasons maybe similar to include: the current hardship, economic conditions, failure to pay government employees including Civil servants for about two, three and four months respectively among others were all attributing factors that may have prompted the people to send a signal that they are not happy with the ruling establishment which they elected in 2017 happily and that there is a need to address some of the glaring concerns of the ordinary people.
Though the government has repeatedly said that it has dominantly inherited some of the current challenges they are faced with but has at the same time made some progress in the connections of feeder roads in Montserrado County including other parts of Liberia as well as the payment of all 12th graders West African Examinations Fees, The digitization of the Registration of University of Liberia students which has been an old age nightmare including the free tuition of undergraduate students of all Public Run Universities and Colleges, additionally the increment of salaries of civil servants and many others are efforts been made so far by the government, however, the people are more concerned about the bread and butter issues, to include; The increase in the price of rice as well as the uncontrollable price control, transportation fare increase and many more.
The question now is, are Liberians actually voting now for love of their Country thereby putting forth developmental issues rather than self-interest or is it a protest vote just for the current situation at hand to be addressed and once it is resolved they will do business as usual.
Moreover, is the collaboration of opposition parties aimed at constructively pressuring the ruling establishment to do the right thing, the new and realistic political Trent to Liberia’s democratic growth process?can it be sustained in the wake of who to lead the body and not as a opposition group who according to 172nd Independence Day Orator, Leymah Gbowee, (Opposition)professed to have the answers for the Country’s problems and refused to acknowledged that they too are part of the current problems.
“Indeed, Liberia needs to hear some truth and with Transparency, Love for Country and truth telling Liberia can get there soon”,
Leymah Robertta Gbowee.
Furthermore , will the ruling position see the defeat as a lesson for them to go back go to the drawing board and do the best thing possible in the supreme interest of the Country, as the saying goes, the voices of the people is the voice of God.