LIBERIA – Dr. Q. Somah Paygai, a former Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) during the regime of former President Charles G. Taylor, says the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) is the best deal in the ensuing 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
Dr. Paygai, also a vice presidential candidate on the ticket of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2005 Presidential and Legislative Elections, who is now a staunch member of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), believes that “redemption” of the “lost” six years under the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government is a possibility under the MPC.
Serving as keynote speaker at the 4th MPC convention held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Dr. Paygai pointed out that the 2017 elections were won by the CDC under false pretenses, with smoke and mirrors, and illusions, and as such, every Liberian now has a role in the recovery process.
He pointed out that Liberia’s current state of affairs can be attributed to President George Manneh Weah’s amiability and the failure of some to separate the salesman from the product, noting that it is now time for Liberians to make the case for a better future.
“And now it’s up to us, now it’s up to you and to me, to make the case to Liberia. And to remind Liberians that if they are not happy with all that the President has done so far, they should consider how much worse it will be if he is left to his radical proclivities for another six years unrestrained,” he furthered.
“Where would another six years take us? Where would six years more take us? How much larger will the deficit be?
How much deeper are the cuts in programs for the struggling class and the poor to limit that poverty? How high will the interest rates at Banking Institutions be? How much more environmental disasters killing our forests and fouling our lakes and rivers? And, ladies and gentlemen, please think of this – the nation must think of this – what kind of Supreme Court will we have? We must ask ourselves what kind of court and country will be fashioned by the CDC that believes in having the government mandate people’s morality,” he stated.
Dr. Paygai, also a Liberian educator, maintained that the pending elections will measure the record of the past six years, but more than that, it will answer the question of what kind of people Liberians want to be.
He urged partisans of the MPC to have a dream that believes in the nation’s future.