The NEWS (Monrovia)

19 June 2014

Liberia: Chris Neyor Withdraws From Senatorial Race

The former Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) who had expressed his intention to contest the senatorial seat for Montserrado County has announced that he's withdrawing from the contest with immediate effect.

Mr. Christropher Neyor said his decision to change course is for the better and not about a position of his personal goal.

However, the energy advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said he will spearhead a Coalition of the Conscious for a new Liberia to demand immediate change to the body politic of the country.

In a release issued Wednesday to announce his withdrawal from the senatorial race, Neyor explained his intention for the senatorial race and his vision for the people of Liberia.

Said Neyor: "I have stated all along my consultation and fact-finding trails around Montserrado County that my intent to contest the Senate seat for the county in the 2014 Special Senatorial election was not about a selfish desire just to be senator but rather a response to the cry of the youth, women, elders and other citizens across the county for better representation of their hopes and aspirations in the Liberian Senate."

Neyor said he knows his supporters would be disappointed by this decision to change course from a contest he was sure of winning. Despite this decision, Neyor assured his supporters that this is the beginning of working together and there are better days ahead for Montserrado County and Liberia.

Touching on issues affecting Liberia, Neyor said he believes there are few hardworking officials with integrity in the government, and that the leadership of the country has been marred with "extreme nepotism and corruption concealed in deception of the highest magnitude."

Neyor: "One cannot be serious about effecting change in Liberia without pointing out and exposing the ills of the country, ills that have been hindrance to our economic and social development for decades. The country is rich in natural resources yet abject poverty remains unabated and is more pronounced in the slums of Montserrado County where children and the skill-less and jobless live in appalling conditions without any benefit from the resources that belong to all citizens. Other counties do not fare much better either."

Instead of honestly endeavoring to formulate appropriate and measured response to the plight and cry of the people, he claimed that the national leadership is engaged in lies, manipulation and uncontrollable corruption eating away at the core of the nation.

According to him, these old ills now exhibited to new levels, if not contained, have the propensity to drive us into chaos again, adding "when a citizen dares to point out these malaises, they use ill-begotten money and surrogates to destroy the messenger disregarding the message."

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