By: Nathaniel Success Topkah (Correspondent)
The President of the Liberia National Bar Association, Cllr Tiawan Gongloe, is calling on Nimbaians to elect his sister Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh to the Liberian Senate in the fast approaching December 8 Special Senatorial Election in Nimba.
This, he said, is in keeping with the traditional norms of the county.
” Normally in our tradition when a female child is born, the midwives usually shout three times to show that a girl child has being delivered.
And this is Edith third time contesting senatorial race here in Nimba, so we shouldn’t break our own tradition before we bring the curse of our forefathers on ourselves.” The Counselor declared.
Madam Gongloe-Weh lost her two last elections in the county. She lost to the incumbent Senator Thomas S. Grupee in the 2011 General and Presidential Election.
In the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, she again lost to the controversial Nimba County’s political godfather and standard bearer of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Sen. Prince Yormie Johnson.
Therefore, the President of National Bar Association believes that this is the time for his younger sister to assume the post, if Nimbaians are people who truly value tradition.
Cllr Gongloe said, his decision to rally support for the only female candidate in the senatorial race is not on the basis of family, but it is rather based on the fact that Madam Gongloe-Weh has contributed enormously to the growth and development of Nimba including the construction of the Nimba County Community College University and the double winning of the football crowns in the prestigious National County Sports Meet during her regime as a superintendent of the county.
The Counselor also boasted that Madam Gongloe-Weh is the only formidable candidate fate to represent the people of Nimba if elected in the impending midterm polls.
There are seven candidates vying for county’s top seat and the lone female contestant is also the only person pushing for the third time, despite losing in the last two previous contests.
The other six candidates include the incumbent Senator Thomas S. Grupee, former Superintendent David Dorr Cooper and Mr. Taa Wongbe.
District #1 representative and Co-chair of the House’ Committee on Ways, Means and Finance Hon. Jeremiah K. Koung, Atty. Garrison Doldeh Yealue, former member of the House of Representatives and Hon. Saye Taaryor A. Dolo, also a former member of the Upper House of Parliament are all wrestling to ascend to the Senatorial post.
Of the seven recognized candidates, Cllr Tiawan Gongloe says, the lone female is the only one who is capable of unifying the people of Nimba.
He made the deliberations recently at the Nimba Intellectual Forum in Ganta.