MONROVIA – A former Representative candidate, who contested in Montserrado County’s 16th District, Mr. Archie I. Sarnor, has stated that Liberians continue to suffer during the reign of former football star George Weah, calling on Liberians to oust the Liberian leader and vote in former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai (JNB) on 14 November during the country’s presidential runoff election.
Under the watch of Mr. Weah, Sarnor asserted that corruption, poverty, drugs, dirt, and hunger have taken over the country, while the Liberian leader, his officials, and cronies, whom Sarnor said worship the retired soccer star are living extravagant and luxurious lifestyles.
He pointed out that Tuesday, 14 November runoff election between Weah and JNB is about retrogression or redemption, pleading with Liberians to choose the latter over the former and vote for ex-Vice President Boakai of the main opposition Unity Party (UP).
He observed that unlike the Liberian society that votes on the basis of candidate’s popularity, money, tribal and party lines, other societies may vote on policy issues aimed at pursuing national interest and matters of national priority, stressing however, that Tuesday’s runoff election will determine as to whether Liberia will further retrogress or whether the nation will be redeemed.
“I advised our citizens not to be moved by coercion but to change this government for the future of better Liberia,” Sarnor said at the weekend, justifying that JNB can be trusted and is capable of winning favor from international partners and members of the international community if elected Liberia’s next president.
He stated that if elected president, Boakai could be relied upon for his administration to fight corruption, and instill respect for the rule of law, while at the same time upholding the rule of law, policy actions Sarnor said will endear JNB and his leadership to the international community, and will help stimulate new investment prospects and the return of international NGOs to Liberia.
“Oldman Joe may be far more responsible and respected and trustworthy than Mr. George M. Weah,” Sarnor maintained, warning that re-electing Weah, will spell doom for the nation and that the retired soccer star’s second term will be marked by administrative catastrophe and economic calamity.
He’s of the belief that it will be a prudent decision on the part of the Liberian electorate to punish the Weah regime through the ballot box for corruption, extrajudicial killings, lawlessness, bad governance drug dealing, illegal sale of Liberian passports, money laundering, terrorist financing, lack of confidence in the government and arrogance.
He averred that for almost a six-year rule, the Weah administration failed to create any confidence for the regime to be trusted in the international community, adding that therefore, retaining power for a second term would be dangerous for the survivability of the State.
“Mr. Weah’s first term, he benefited from some bilateral arrangements that were in process and projects pending, as well as some financial agreements that helped him at this level even though performance was poor – however, his second term will yield unfruitful results due to high level of corruption, lack of trust and his inability to prosecute sanctioned officials and govern the country well,” Sarnor stated.
“Mr. Weah has proven poor administrative skill for the past six years,” Sarnor slammed the Liberian leader, adding; “if he wins, the country may experience more difficulties due to his inability to administer the affairs of the nation, evidenced by his stewardship in the first six years with sanction on some of his officials.”