By: G. Bennie Bravo Johnson
Dr. Jeremiah Z. Whapoe, the leader of the opposition Vision for Liberia Transformation Party (VOLT), has been meeting with citizens all over Liberia.
He went to the Neimassa Clan to get more support, since people in Jenewonde Town, Grand Cape Mount County, had already shown their support for his run for president.
On Saturday, December 10, 2022, residents of the town vowed to vote for him in the 2023 presidential and legislative elections.
Dr. Whapoe and his entourage, including Friends of Dr. Whapoe, were welcomed to the town and then escorted to the town hall, where the engagement program was held, with chiefs, religious leaders, women and youth leaders, and heads of several organizations in attendance.
In his welcoming remarks, the town chief of Jenewonde welcomed Dr. Whapoe and his entourage. He appreciated his engagement with them, saying, “We are here for you, and we know you will be there for us.” We have heard more good things about you here. And we know you have come to make us benefit from the good things you are doing across the country, especially your vision for agriculture.
Separately, the chief, the spokespeople for the elders and religious leaders, and different groups all said they would support Dr. Whapoe and work to make sure he is elected Liberia’s next president in 2023.
“You are the first presidential aspirant to come here. And because you have come, we will stand by you in the coming election. When we say we are for you, we are. “We will work with you.” “We believe in agriculture and believe that through agriculture we can develop our lives,” said Jenneh Massaly, Secretary General of the United Women for Self Help.
“You are the kind of person that we want, because we tire of people that will just bring us one bag of rice; sometimes we share, and some people can’t get it. When we elect them, at the end of the day, they abandon us. But because you have come with the vision of agriculture, we will support you,” Jebbeh Sannah, the former town chief of Jenewonde, remarks.
In response, presidential candidate Dr. Jeremiah Whapoe thanked the people of Jenewonde town for giving him and his party’s group a warm welcome when he first told them that he would run for president of the Republic of Liberia in the upcoming 2023 general election.
He asked the citizens for their support and assured them of his sincere commitment to transform Liberia through innovative agriculture activities, from cutlasses to machinery. He promised to fix the economy and find jobs for the thousands of unemployed people, especially women and young people. He also said that by creating jobs and opportunities, he would work to ease the massive suffering and extreme poverty.
He said that anyone who has land and wants to start a farm will benefit from his government. “I want to make sure to take you out of poverty. The main thing that is causing poverty is that we don’t produce the food we eat. Because of hardship, we are not living the kind of life we want to live. “I know what the women and young people are going through, and it is my responsibility to relieve you of the problem you are facing,” said Dr. Whapoe.
“I believe we can solve this poverty problem through agriculture. I want to work with you so you can feed yourself. Everybody that has land and wants to make a farm will benefit from my government. This, I believe, will allow us to take care of our families and live a better life,” the VOLT political leader said. Under my administration as president of Liberia, we will also invest in the health care and education systems of the country”.