Monrovia – Vice President Joseph Boakai, standard bearer of the Unity Party (UP) has promised Augustine Ngafuan of the Victory for Change Political party full participation in his government, if elected as Liberia’s next President in the 2017 general and Presidential elections.
“I am the uncle and the uncle has a responsibility to the nephew, so you can rest assured I am that you have an uncle who values commitment and keeps promises and cares for everybody.
"But let me let you know that this decision does not make you a back bencher; it gives you a more permanent future in the experience of our country” – Vice President Joseph Boakai
VP Boakai made the promise on Wednesday when he received an endorsement from Ngafuan who in 2015 promised to run for the office of President of Liberia after he resigned his position as foreign minister in respect for section 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Conduct.
Boakai said: “I am the uncle and the uncle has a responsibility to the nephew, so you can rest assured I am that you have an uncle who values commitment and keeps promises and cares for everybody. But let me let you know that this decision does not make you a back bencher; it gives you a more permanent future in the experience of our country.
“If this was a bank account I had and the banker credited my account with all of you, my account would have been boosted with all of you here today.”
Boakai said, as President of Liberia, officials of Government would be compelled to attend hospitals in Liberia and their children will be compelled to attend public schools in Liberia to make schools what they ought to be.
“Under our government, we will promote reconciliation where we will see the South East and the North West connected, opening up our young people for agriculture by allowing them to display their talents. Many have said, other countries are the gateway but Liberia is the destination,” he averred.
He encouraged Ngafuan to look at the future, claiming that he (Ngafuan) still has a future in politics and his decision to endorse his candidacy does not make him weak.
Ngafuan and the Vice President come from the same County (Lofa County) and as per tradition VP Boakia is the uncle of Ngafuan.
In 2015 in a FrontPageAfrica interview when he was asked whether his decision to contest for the presidency while his traditional Uncle was also doing the same was a sign of disrespect, he responded that Lofa has had a tradition of putting forth its best in national elections.
Ngafuan: “In 1985, Lofa had two vice standard bearers in the persons of Dr. Harry Moniba and Harold Darma in fact both of them were Gbandis his tribesmen; Harry Moniba was the candidate for the NDPL(National Democratic Party of Liberia and the late Harry Darma was the standard bearer for the late Kpolleh.
“In 1997 Lofa had a Presidential candidate in the person of the late Fayiah Gbollie and then Harry Moniba, the former Vice President."
"We had two Presidential candidates from Lofa in 1997. In the 2005 elections, we also had two Presidential candidates, Dr. Robert Kpoto and John Morlu Sr.”
“I am not in the process in opposition to Vice President Boakai. Many persons in the county believe that it is good as we get into the 2017 electoral process, which is full of challenges and intrigues, it is good for the county to flag its best – that’s what I mean it is not an opposition to the vice President and I don’t think he will be in opposition to me,” Ngafuan said.
Ngafuan’s Wednesday declaration of support for his traditional uncle brings to an end his political odyssey of 2017 and he will have to wait for another election to flag his ambition of becoming President of the country.
Delivering his endorsement speech, the former Foreign and Finance Minister said, the only position he is not willing to sacrifice is the interest of the Liberian people for development, peace, prosperity, unity and reconciliation.
“I am with the impression that Vice President Boakai shares our vision for a better country. He has demonstrated that he has what it takes to promote development, reconciliation and unity and he has good intention to focus and continue on the positive of the past.”
“It is against this background and after going through a long conversation with family and friends in and out of Liberia that I proclaim in this here and on this day that I will not run for President, I will not run for representative in the election slated for 2017.
“I hereby announce that I endorse the Presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai,” he asserted.