MONROVIA-It was no secret when Liberians entered the year 2023 which is widely kept under their left arms as a year for critical decisions making.
The year is now here and the stage has been set as people of political interest and interest groups have begun showing signs of throwing their hearts into the race for one of the 90 positions that will be out for grabs at the October 10, 2023 polls.
One such person who has made no secret of his quest to seek the political mandate of the people of Liberia is incumbent President, George M. Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The declaration was made Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Capitol Building when the Liberian leader expected to, let the cat out of the bag when he said, “I will be coming to you soon to renew my mandate for another six years”.
Delivering his sixth (6th) State of the Nation Address (SONA) on January 30, 2023, President Weah spoke about what his government has done including legislation, road connectivity, and meeting students’ needs among others.
After telling the people of Liberia about those achievements and prospects of his government to the representatives of the more than five million Liberians through members of the Legislature, he told the crowded Joint Chambers at the Capitol Building that he will be re-contesting the Liberian Presidency in the upcoming election slated for October this year.
President Weah said, “I will be coming to you shortly to ask you to renew my term, a mandate that you gave me six years ago.”
He added, “A mandate to continue the good works we have delivered, of continuity and civility, a mandate for transformation, a mandate for empowerment and growth, a mandate for consolidation, mandate to secure peace.”
According to him, the second term, when given, will enable him and his administration to complete the gains that they have made during the first six years.
The President made the pronouncement, the Joint Chambers sent supporters of the hall in an atmosphere with a wide celebration in apparent confirmation of what the crow has waited to hear from the President’s speech since it did not come as a surprise to many including those from the opposition community.
With this pronouncement, the trumpet has been blown and the line is drawn for the race to the country’s highest position for a rather heated and tough contestation for the post and has officially started as President Weah has promised to visit towns, villages, and go all out in trances with the good news of seeking re-election for the Presidency.