- 11 Jul
S P E C I A L S T A T E M E N T Delivered by Honorable Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr. Vice President of the Republic of Liberia On the Occasion of the Nomination Of His RUNNING MATE For the 2017 PRESIDENTIAL AND REPRESENTRATIVE ELECTIONS
Monday, July 10, 2017
National Headquarters, Unity Party
Congo Town, Liberia
My Dear Partisans of the Unity Party;
Friendly Political Parties, Auxiliary Groups;
Our beloved and committed supporters and sympathizers;
Ladies and Gentlemen:
After months of broad consultations, thorough evaluation and consideration, deep reflection and by the Power of faith, I am pleased to announce and present my running-mate.
Throughout our consultations with Liberians at home and abroad, we heard a unanimous verdict on the direction their country should take.
This decision has required deep reflection because we wanted to be very sure that whoever emerges as Vice President or co-pilot to us in this historic election must be some one that firmly shares our vision to drive a new agenda in Liberia—one that genuinely seeks to put serious emphasis on all of our people without discrimination—in every aspect of life.
As we look towards leading a government that reflects national balance through inclusive representation, our decision also took into consideration the demography and geography of Liberia.
Over the last 40 years we have spent a lot of our time working with the young people of this country because of our strong conviction that the future of our country lies in the hands of our youthful population.
Our work with the YMCA, Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), the Red Cross, the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Centers (LOIC), and many other groups provided us confidence in their ability to lead when given the training, experience, and opportunity.
As a result, we have chosen an enterprising and dynamic young man, a son of a Presbyterian Minister, a man of humble beginnings who has demonstrated dedication and leadership in advancing the national interest.
The person we have chosen to be the running mate shares my vision to continually think Liberia, Love Liberia, and build Liberia. He is someone that is ready and willing to sacrificially labor for his country. He is someone who has the humility and character that has been tried and tested.
The person we have chosen is someone who has the fear of God coupled with the requisite skills and experience to serve the Liberian people in the honorable position of Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. And we must state here, this is someone that we trust.
Fellow partisans, supporters and Liberians, this person is a true son of Sein Town, Dinningta Clan, Borlorla Township, Kakata Chiefdom, Margibi County. He serves as the current Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia.
Accordingly, I have now selected my running mate in the upcoming 2017 presidential election – Attorney-at-Law, the Honorable James Emmanuel Nuquay. I am convinced that Honorable Nuquay, a consensus builder and someone who has led from the center, will help drive our vision for this country
Please join me in congratulating Honorable Nuquay, for his preferment and let us welcome him to our team with a hearty and warm embrace, because working together, all of us can truly own the vision to THINK LIBERIA, LOVE LIBERIA, BUILD LIBERIA.