LIBERIA: SENATE PRO-TEMPORE SAYS CDC WILL RETAIN PRESIDENCY
The President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie, has disclosed that for the opinion polls he has seen, the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC) is in a comfortable position and will retain the Presidency whether on the first ballot or the second ballot.
President Pro-Tempore made the disclosure in a statement at his first press interaction of the second segment of the 6th Session of the 54th Legislature on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
In the statement, Pro-Tempore Chie also clarified information that he allegedly donated pickups to the opposition Unity Party(UP).
Pro-Tempore Chie described as totally untrue, baseless and unfounded information that he allegedly donated pickups to the UP, saying it has now become a smear campaign to distract the attention of their noble institution, the Mighty CDC.
‘’At no time have I purchased any vehicle for or made donation of any kind directly or indirectly, or requested any individual or business, directly or indirectly, to make a donation to the Unity Party or any other opposition party, institution and individual. These lies are said to have started as a result of panic by some persons when information was posted on the social media that Unity Party had acquired 15 pickups and 73 motorbikes,’’ he asserted.
He continued: ‘’This information has now been exploited by some opportunists who are constantly placing more inciting information on social media to confuse and laugh at the CDC and nourish confusion among its rank and file. The opposition Unity Party is quite aware that I have made donation to its institution.”
The Grand Kru County Senator, who spoke on wide range of issues including National Census Results, Bills in Joint Committee Rooms, Staffers Holding Political Party Activities on the Grounds of the Capitol, then challenged anyone in this country to provide evidence that he made a donation of vehicles or any item, directly or indirectly, to any opposition political party. ‘’If you have such evidence, please provide it to the press to publish it. I do not sneak and I have no need whatsoever to sneak,’’ he pointed out.
‘’ Let me state here that I remain committed fully to the CDC and use this opportunity to thank many Cdcians and other supporters of the CDC who have expressed, both privately and publicly, that they don’t believe the false allegations against me and have named some of those behind this false accusation and black lie,’’ Senator Chie intimated.
According to him, there is no need for any person to panic when there is news that a certain political party has brought in or purchased certain number of vehicles or some logistics.
‘’The CDC Government, despite few challenges here and there, has done well for the people and in my mind, our people will give us the second chance to complete the various projects and programs we have started all around the country,’’ he stated.
Meanwhile, Pro-Tempore Chie added by reiterating to his fellow Liberians that, ‘’ we are in an election year. Be careful to digest well what you hear and read, before you believe. Political lies and characters assassinations, rumors, fabrication with the intent to deceive the masses will be the order of the day. To my fellow Cdcians: let us avoid intruders from dividing us to achieve their goals; let us remain focused and steadfast in achieving our mandate. Remember as the Swahili Proverb states, unity is strength and division is weakness.’’