By Mark N. Mengonfia-mmenginfia@gmail.com

MONROVIA-The Streets of Monrovia were predominantly Liberia’s National Colors (Red, White, and Blue), when Liberians turned out to petition President George M. Weah for his second term bid.

To the disbelief of many, it was a tsunami of human beings from all walks of life, who gathered both in Monrovia and from the 15 Counties of Liberia to call on President George M. Weah to re-contest the Presidency of Liberia in the upcoming October 10, 2023, Presidential and Legislative Elections.

Recently, President Weah, during his State of the Nation Address to the Liberian Legislature openly stated that he will be going back to Liberians to seek their support for a second term mandate.

Almost a week after his message, Liberians turned out in their numbers to restate what was stated years back that led to his victory of him in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

Fast forward, when he was petitioned on Saturday, February 4, 2023, President Weah acknowledged the enormous challenges his leadership has been going through but was quick to say, “But in each and every one of these challenges, I have seen opportunities to make things better and to bring permanent improvements to the lives of all Liberians.”

He said the transformation   agenda, as captured in the National Developmental Plan of CDC which is the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), is on the course, but will take some time before it is fully realized.

He indicated that “As they say, Rome was not built in one day.” President Weah said, “However, over the past five years, Liberia has made tremendous progress under our leadership.”

“Some of these initiatives have represented new strategic approaches to development, and some of them again were tried and tested formulas for nation-building” the Liberian leader intoned.

He added, “But they were all designed to work together to lift Liberia and Liberians to a higher standard of living.”

He told the jubilant crowd of Liberians that. “And now, as we come to the end of the term to which we were elected, it is my intention to seek a second mandate from the Liberian people to continue the good works of our hand, and to complete our unfinished but imperative agenda.”

“I am sure that they will respond positively to our quest.  After all, they did this once, based on our promise of Change for Hope.  I am sure that they will have even more reason to do so, now that they have seen the Change That You Can Depend On.”

With the over warming crowd some carrying red, white, and blue, President Weah said, “Finito” to mean that it is done or it is over.

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