As the general and presidential elections are drawing closer and closer, our already indecisive Liberian voters are becoming edgier on who head our nation next. Our radio station and social media pages have been bombarded with messages on Vice President Joseph Boakai’s pick for running mate, along with Ben Urey and others.
A number of callers also expressed concerns, that if it is this difficult for these people to pick a running mate, they wonder how long it will take them to draw a cabinet or decide where the nation heads if elected.
In can be said, that with regards to Vice President Joseph Boakai, a number of names have been speculated, among them included Mary Broh, Gbesonger Findley, Antoinette Sayeh, Kofi Woods, N. Warner, and so forth.
For his part, Ben Urey attempted a short lived merger with presidential aspirant Prince Johnson. Ever since the crumbling of that merger, both Urey and Johnson have yet to announce their individual running mates.
On the other hand, addressing a television talkshow in Nigeria, Macedella Cooper, one of few female aspirants in the October Presidential Election indicated that her choice for running mate will like be an older gentleman. Nonetheless, she too has not settled on who that male running will be.
Radiowish spoke with other concerned Liberian electorates, who indicated that one of the qualities of a transformational leader is the ability to make swift but prudent decisions. “If our country ranks last in everything, the one thing we should not settle for, is an unthinking leader who takes forever to decide,” Sylvia Kimah of Iowa City suggested.
When asked why the selection of running mates is this important to them, a group of Liberian former athletes said that “the sooner we know the running mates of all presidential candidates for the October 2017 presidential elections, the easier it will be for some of us to throw our weight behind these people.” This concern has also been expressed from other quarters of our community, including our various news analysts in Liberia.