A 12th grade student of the Dolokelen Gboveh High School in Gbarnga, Bong County; Allen Bondo, alias, “Apache,” has officially declared his intention to contest the expected senatorial by-election in Bong County.
Student Bondo who is also a Gbarnga based Motorcyclist told our Bong County Correspondent that his desire to contest the expected election is to provide able representation of Bong County citizens in the Upper House of the Legislature (Senate).
He said the poor performance of most past leaders of Bong County leaves much to be desired by citizens of the county as it relates to the county’s development.
According to him, the need for people seeking Leadership in Bong County is very serious. The student described himself as a man wit the necessary pedigree to effectively represent the County in the Senate.
“There are people saying that I am not qualified to contest the Senatorial seat in Bong County, but I want to tell them that I am overqualified for the job,” Apache told reporters in the county.
It was recently speculated in Bong County and its environs that Student Bondo received US$9,000 allegedly from Former Internal Affairs Minister and a prominent citizen of Bong County, Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, for him, (Bondo), to back off from the pending senatorial race in other to supper Dr. Tokpa who is said to be eying the County’s senatorial post.
But, speaking at a press conference in Gbarnga, Bong County, Mr. Bondo described the rumors as being “far from truth.” This is intended to drive away my supporters. “I will be a formidable candidate in the Senatorial by-election,” said Bondo.
He, at same time, called on those who said in spreading “falsehood” to disengage from said act which he said has the propensity to undermine his towering popularity in Bong County.
Motorcyclist Bondo is expected to face some political heavyweights in Bong County, including former Liberian Ambassador to the United States of America, Amb.Jeremiah Sulunteh, who was the Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2017 elections for the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, former President of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.
The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Cllr. Jerome George Kokoyah recently mandated NEC Magistrates for Montserrado and Bong Counties to issue election writ for conduct of by-elections in their respective counties.
The by- elections are to be conducted on May 8, 2018 from 8AM to 6PM in line with Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia which states that in the event of a vacancy in the legislature caused by resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the Elections commission not later than 90 days thereafter cause by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall wait the holding of such general elections.
The two vacancies in the Senate were created after the election of Montserrado County Senator George Weah and Bong County Senator Madam Jewel Howard Taylor as President and Vice President of the Republic of Liberia respectively.
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