Contrary to report by this paper that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has no interest in the presidency, his office has set the record straight saying he is not interested in any action that will violate the Liberian constitution, policy and guidelines of the Unity Party.
"I come to make it absolutely clear in no uncertain terms that the Unity Party and I have absolutely, positively, no interest, whatsoever, in any ascendency to power other than as laid out in the laws of this land," the Vice President said in a press statement.
He added: "We are not interested in any process that will distract from the platform of the Unity Party; nor derail us from the course of the peaceful and normal processes enshrined in our Constitution!" In a press statement Monday, Vice President Boakai declined ambition to ascendancy to the president if the action will violate the constitution and the guidelines and policy of the Unity Party.
He said the adherence to the tenets of democracy, the pursuit of the reconciliation agenda, and scrupulous respect for human rights remain the central focus of the UP-led Administration. "It is important to remind all of us that the freedom that our Constitution guarantees for all, comes with an equal measure of responsibility. If we must create a peaceful, more secure, stable, and prosperous nation in which each of us can advance the cause of our beloved Liberia and our families, then it is imperative that we respect and promote the rule of law!" he said. He reaffirmed his support and commitment to the promotion of the fundamental values as equal rights, religious freedom, freedom of expression, and the pursuit of happiness.
"The President and I are working together to continue to create more employment opportunities. We are resolved to pursuing policies that spur growth and economic advancement and fashioning an economy that directly touches the lives of our individual citizens," Dr. Boakai said. We apologize for the error of our reporter.