Monrovia, Liberia- Information reaching The Liberian Billboard says, provisional results from two By-Elections held in Montserrado and Sinoe Counties on Tuesday does not look good for the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change.
In the Montserrado District 13 By-Election, copies of NEC stamped results put Edward “Papay” Flomo, a CDCian who contested as an Independent candidate, in a considerable lead over his party’s candidate, John Weah. Coming in third place is Madam Cornelia Kruah-Togba, the candidate representing the political coalition of Unity party, Alternative National Congress and the Liberty Party.
Mr. Edward “Papay” Flomo, a staunch CDCian, served on the security team of then candidate George Manneh Weah during the Presidential elections of 2005. Sources told The Liberian Billboard that Mr. Flomo contributed a significant amount of money to the 2014 Senatorial bid of President George Weah, while also contributing to his Presidential bid in 2017. President Weah was successful in both bids.
“The Party didn’t treat Mr. Flomo fairly. Top brass in the party demanded that Mr. Flomo pay certain amount of money before running on the party’s ticket. How will you treat a loyal partisan that way? It is Papay Flomo god that is seeing them so,” a source told The Liberian Billboard.
If Mr. Flomo wins, he will fill the District’s vacant seat left as a result of the election of Hon. Saah Joseph to the Liberian Senate.
Meanwhile, results from the Senatorial By-Election in Sinoe County puts Mr. Othello Doe Nagbe, the candidate of the Coalition for Liberia’s Party in the lead. A win for Mr. Nagbe will be a seat less for the Coalition of Democratic Change in the Liberian Senate since the seat was held by a CDCian and former Senator, His Honor, Joseph Nagbe.
The provisional results filtering in has ignited a political storm in the Liberian Public and on Social Media, with many Liberians terming the result as a message to the ruling party.
“The George Weah factor will not continue to determine the Liberian Political climate. Right now, the people are voting based on everyday realities. You can’t see the country’s current economic state? The people are coming to their senses,” an opposition partisan said.
This is a developing story, and we will keep you updated as more developments comes in.