Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has come under huge political criticism for allegedly using her official motorcade to campaign for one of the Senatorial Candidates in the Bong County pending By- Senatorial Election.
Addressing a team of reporters on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Monrovia, Fairnoh Theo Gbilah, a prominent resident of Bong County said, the action of Liberia’s Vice President to campaign for a sitting lawmaker while using vehicles belonging to government is barbaric and outrightly contravene the code of conduct for public officials.
He said since the opening of the campaign in Bong County, Liberia’s Vice President has been very active in canvassing for Representative Marvin Cole using public resources to sponsor his campaign.
Representative Cole represents the people of District # 3 Bong County at the House of Representatives.
He was elected on the ticket of the Coalition For Democratic Change (CDC) in the 2017 Representatives and Presidential Election.
According to Gbilah, though the Vice President and Representative Cole hail from the same political institution, she should not be in the business of parading with him using her motorcade that is being gassed by taxpayer money.
He said the action of the vice president has the propensity to influence the election result, something which according to him, will be heavily resisted by the people.
“If the Vice President continues in this manner, I will officially take this advocacy at another level. She should not be doing this. The people of Lower and Upper Bong County are not happy with this action of hers,” he averred.
Gbilah who is also a contender in the pending Bong County Representative By-Election added that he is a consensus candidate in Lower Bong and no manner of tactics or influence of the Vice President will change the decision of the people.
“I respect the Vice President a lot, she is my sister. The last time she went into the county and fired some county officials, this action of hers wasn’t fair at all. This is why the President called for the reinstatement of these people and she is still insisting that she can’t work with them because they are not Cdecians. This is not how to run a country Madam Vice President; this is promoting division, nothing more.”
Meanwhile, when contacted the office of the Vice President for a response to the allegation levied by Mr. Gbilah, the VP’s Communication Officer, Solomon Ware told The Monrovia Times that office does not give credence to such allegations because it is marred with falsity.