17 October 2013

Liberia: Representative Snowe Tips George Weah Over Ben Sanvee in Senatorial Quest

Monrovia-The Representative of Montserrado County's District Six, Edwin Melvin Snowe, Jr. has pledged his support to Liberian Peace Ambassador George Weah for the Senior Senatorial position in the 2014 senatorial elections.

Interest in contesting the senior senatorial seat of Montserrado County was expressed by two of Snowe's best friends, George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change and Benjamin Sanvee, a former Youth Advisor to ex-President Charles Taylor.

Representative Snowe, in a FrontPageAfrica interview, made it clear that though Sanvee is a smart and decent man, yet he believes that the opportunity to serve on the senatorial bench of Montserrado should be given to Weah.

The District #6 representative says he believes that serving as a senator could be a unique way for George Weah to learn more about the governance process.

Hon. Snowe, a former speaker of the house of representative said, though he didn't believe and still doesn't believe that George Weah is prepared to become president nor vice president of Liberia but if he goes at the senate and understand the working of the senate, Liberians can all decide from that point where to take Liberia next.

"I think all these years" says Snowe, "Ambassador Weah has proven to be consistent. As you know in 2005 he ran for the presidency and did not win. I campaigned and voted against him. But as a friend to me, he did not feed or support a candidate in my district against me. He did not campaign against me."

Representative Snowe said though he campaigned against Weah, yet the peace ambassador and soccer legend supported him doing his campaign for the position as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"Even though I campaigned against Weah," says Snowe, "but when I wanted to be speaker, I went to him. He endorsed and supported me. And I became speaker, though the position was short-lived. "

In 2011, Snowe said Weah went to him for support when he wanted to go as vice president to Winston Tubman. "I didn't support him. I campaigned and voted against him; he did not win. He has come back again and says 'look, I have interest in the national politics of our country. Give me the chance to come in the legislature and learn the politics of our country.' You know, my conscience can lead me to do just that. "

Representative Snowe said critics should forget about the politics that he and Weah have been through over the years. "I've known Weah for a very long time, even before he went to Survival FC from Bong mines' days." he says.

"I was in Mino River- Cape Mount where I grew up as president of a football team there. I invited George Weah there. He went there and stayed in my house. I call him manned and he calls me J. We are very good friends. I didn't believe that he's ready to be president of my country. I still don't believe that he is prepared to be vice president of my country. I think we must give him the opportunity to come in the senate as senator of Montserrado County so we can all learn the governance process together. "

With such conviction, Snowe says he is ready to give Weah his strong supports. "I will give him my fullest support. I will stand by him. I will campaign for him. I'm going to give financial supports for his campaign to ensure that he wins the senatorial seat of Montserrado. And let us all together, learn the governance process because 2017 we will be feeding a candidate that will come from the national legislature."

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