Cummings Launches Presidential Campaign with Jibes At Weah Boakai
MONROVIA – Liberia’s political arena is ablaze with activity following the official commencement of campaigning activities by the National Elections Commission (NEC) throughout Liberia.
Alexander Cummings of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), in his inaugural campaign speech during a press conference on Saturday, August 5, 2023, did not hold back in launching verbal barbs at his political rivals, particularly President George Manneh Weah and former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
Mr. Cummings, like his fellow contenders, faces a formidable challenge from the incumbent, President George M. Weah, former vice president Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP), and Tiawan Gongloe of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP).
In a fiery address, Cummings took aim at the leadership of President Weah and even the administration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during which Boakai served as vice president for 12 years, for failing to address critical issues plaguing Liberia.
He asserted, “As we navigate these campaign periods, remember who you cast your vote for, as the fate of your children hinges on the choice you make on October 10.”
“The decision on October 10 can either worsen our present conditions, regress us to a past of squandered opportunities, or propel us toward a brighter future,” he added.
Cummings’ remarks, seemingly aimed at Boakai, were a direct response to a statement made by Boakai during the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections. Back then, Ambassador Boakai acknowledged, “We did what we could, but we squandered numerous opportunities. We could have achieved more given the support we received.”
This statement has since gained momentum as a rallying point against Boakai’s presidential bid, with many urging the public to reject him in the upcoming October 10 polls.
Turning his attention to the Weah administration, Cummings accused it of corruption and mishandling the Liberian economy, resulting in widespread poverty and limited opportunities for the Liberian populace.
Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive, laid out his platform to combat corruption and abuse of power during his well-attended press conference at CPP headquarters in Monrovia. He decried the unfulfilled promise of change by President Weah and vowed to deliver true transformation to Liberia.
He also questioned the capacity of other political contenders to bring innovative solutions, asserting that he is the most qualified candidate to usher in the change Liberians yearn for.
At the core of Cummings’ campaign is his commitment to confront corruption and eliminate embezzlement within public offices. He stressed that corruption obstructs national progress, retards economic growth, and perpetuates social inequality. If elected, Cummings pledged to enforce comprehensive measures to eradicate corruption and ensure accountability, regardless of political affiliations.
Another vital issue Cummings is determined to address is the misuse of power. He expressed concerns about government resource mismanagement, favoritism, and lack of transparency, all of which undermine public trust.
In addition to his anti-corruption and anti-abuse of power agenda, Cummings outlined plans to strengthen institutions, advocate for good governance, and ensure that public officials adhere to the highest ethical standards.
Furthermore, Cummings highlighted his dedication to enhancing education, healthcare, and infrastructure development. He vowed to prioritize investment in quality education for Liberian children, improve healthcare accessibility across the nation, and promote the development of transportation networks, electricity, and clean water systems to boost both economic growth and living standards.
Cummings also emphasized the importance of empowering local businesses and fostering economic growth through an enabling business environment. He proposed strategies to attract both domestic and foreign investments and implement policies that support entrepreneurship and innovation.
Simultaneously, Cummings stressed the necessity for national unity and reconciliation. He aimed to bridge political and ethnic divides that have hindered Liberia’s progress, appealing to all Liberians to unite and collaborate for a better future, irrespective of their backgrounds or political affiliations.
As the presidential campaign intensifies, Liberians will closely scrutinize the candidates’ promises and the credibility of their proposals. With the approaching elections, Liberia stands at a critical crossroads, seeking a leader capable of revitalizing the economy, restoring public trust, and fostering unity among its citizens.