Partisans and supporters of former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai on Sunday, September 17, 2023 choked the famous Antoinette Tubman Stadium or ATS with what was seen as the biggest political gathering since the course of the entire political campaign, which began August 5, 2023.
With the hope of a resounding victory on October 10, partisans and supporters of the former ruling UP of former Vice President Boakai did not only overcrowd the ATS, they were in huge dominance in various street corners, community centers and entertainment spots celebrating with pre victory songs.
With a chant of “One Round Victory,” partisans and supporters of the UP, who trooped to the ATS and other places, were upbeat to going all out on Elections Day to overwhelmingly vote their candidate on Elections Day so as to make President George Manneh Weah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) a One-Term President.
Taking the podium at the jam parked ATS on the rainy Sunday, Presidential hopeful Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai expressed overwhelming excitement and appreciation to his partisans and supporters for the huge turnout during, noting: “Your presence has said it loud and clear.”
The UP Standard bearer, who went out of worlds amid the huge turnout of partisans and supporters at the ATS following the official campaign launch, pointed out that he was overjoyed of the presence of Liberians at the rally.
According to him, the massive turnout of partisans. supporters, and well-wishers and is a loud manifestation that Liberians are now at the verge of getting a responsible leadership through the “Rescue Mission.”
“You are here today because you want a better Liberia. We are prepared to give you that country for your future. We want to thank you. By God’s help we will provide you the opportunity. You have said it loud and clear today. Thank you, and made God bless you,” he concluded.
Officially welcoming the audience, Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon, followed by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyoblee Kangar-Lawrence, in brief tone, expressed excitement and appreciation to partisans and supporters for overcrowding the ATS and all street corners.
“I want to officially welcome you here today. I don’t have much because the next President of Liberia has to speak. However, what you have done already is sufficient. Montserrado County has shown us the first round and we have it,” they concluded.
Gbarpolu County Senator Gboto Kanneh, in a sharp tone, thanked the partisans and supporters of the UP for their courage and support, thus challenging the people of Montserrado County come out and vote.
She noted that her county, Gbarpolu County will win Montserrado County in Vote.
At the same time, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighter of Liberia ( EFFL) Emmanuel Gonquoi, termed the gathering as a pre-victory celebration for the Presidency of Amb. Boakai.
“Let me say this, we are not launching any campaign today, rather we are celebrating the victory of the next President of Liberia Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai. Those who want a launch can continue. But, for us, we are celebrating you Liberians, for your resilience and for making the rescue team the next leadership of this country. Let go out and celebrate. We will win on the first ballot and Weah is former President,” he stated.
The Margabi County Senatorial hopeful further stated that the expected victory of is blowing and the man for that genius change is Amb. Boakai.
“We brought to you another Nelson Mandela. We want to tell the National Elections Commission or NEC that there is no room for cheating in our dictionary. We will not accept any cheating. What we accepted to in 2017 will not be accepted this time. We will retire President Weah to play his football,” he concluded.
Partisans and supporters of the UP had their own version for the lockdown of Monrovia and its environs.
Speaking in an exclusive Interview with this paper at the ATS, Francis Mulbah, a resident of Central Monrovia, said that the turnout is a clear indication that the UP has stolen a one-round victory from CDC.
He asserted that the President Weah and the CDC Government have been awaiting their gathering to make demeaning statement but from what was seen is clear indication that President Weah is far from re-election
“The message is resounding and it has resonated. This is vote one vote all. We came out in our numbers to show to the CDC that we will beat them in a one-round victory. This is what they have been claiming over the past months but we have silenced them today by this gathering,” he noted.
Also speaking, Marie Massaquoi stated that Liberians under the leadership of President Weah and the CDC have benefited nothing but hardship, poverty and drugs, and as such, there is an urgent need for change through the ballot.
According to her, Liberia has lost international recognition and relevance and therefore, it’s about time that Liberians stand out and say no to bad governance and reclaim the country.
“It’s about time we say no to those who don’t understand what bad governance meant. Our decision to come out in the rain today is to demonstrate to our people and the international community that we are prepared to reclaim the country. We have decided to join forces with the recuse team to make this history possible,” she concluded.