The Informer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Edith Gongloe Weh Declares for PYJ's Senatorial Seat in 2014 Elections

Former Nimba County Superintendent and former senatorial candidate Madam Edith Gongloe Weh, has openly declared her intention to contest the senatorial seat for the County presently occupied by Senior Nimba County senator in 2014.

Speaking to a huge gathering of Mimba citizens in Zekepa, Nimba county recently, Madam Gongloe Weh who appears very confident disclosed that she has discovered the trick to defeat the political 'Goliath' of Nimba County (Senator Johnson). In the senatorial seat for the second time come 2014.

Madam Gongloe Weh, who expressed her appreciation for the massive support that the people gave her during the 2011 election, also told them to keep their hope alive, as she is a possible contender for 2014.

Meanwhile, as Senator Johnson and Gongloe Weh are now officially known as the first two persons interested in the senatorial post, some citizens of the County have given mixed reactions about the 2014 elections.

Some of the citizens who do not want to be named said that it will be important to try another person that has good visions geared towards bringing positive changes and total unity amongst the people of Nimba. However, there are those belonging to another school of thought that disqualified Senator Johnson and Madam Gongloe Weh, stating that they need a new visionary political breed for the leadership of the County especially for the senatorial position.

According to the 'analytical views,' of some people who think that if Senator Johnson and Madam Gongloe Weh are to be compared, they believe that voters will favor Senator Johnson, because according to them, "about 70% of voters in Nimba are illiterate and may perhaps not like those who want changes to come.

Taking into consideration the ethnicity factor, Senator Johnson is from the Gio ethnic group and Gongloe Weh is from the Mano. Giving these facts, you know that numerically the Gio people are more than the Mano people, and elections is all about obtaining the highest number of votes."

Furthermore, this paper has gathered from a reliable source that there is an ongoing consultation among would be candidates and some prominent citizens intended to bring out strategies that will defeat Senator Johnson.

According to our source, it is possible that if more Gio ethnic candidates are planted in the race with the objective of dividing Senator Johnson's vote, it is likely that the candidate from the Mano side will get an easy win.

Our source also revealed that four of Senator Johnson's National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) law-makers from Nimba County have lost confidence in their political leader (Senator Johnson), and are part of the consultation to get him out of the senatorial seat.

According to our source, the four law-makers have also pledged financial support to would-be candidates that will be planted to divide Senator Johnson votes, as a mean of making him loose the electoral battle.

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