PUP national chairman Isobe Gborkorkollie – Advertisement – The People’s Unification Party (PUP), the brain-child of Unity Party vice standard bearer Emmanuel Nuquay, has denied that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf supports Vice President Boakai’s bid for the presidency. At the recent launch of the Movement to Support Boakai and Nuquay (Mosbon), PUP national chairman Isobe Gborkorkollie said partisans have printed 100,000 T-shirts in support of the VP’s bid to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who, although the Vice President has served well for the last 12 years, and was therefore expected to overwhelmingly support his presidential bid, is, on the contrary, not supporting him.People’s Unification Party, the brainchild of UP vice standard bearer, Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay (right), believes that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (left) has abandoned the ruling party’s cause.Though Gborkorkollie said there are glaring neglects by the president, the Boakai and Nuquay team is, however, not crying for the President’s support, because they have received all the support they needed from the Liberian people. “Liberians everywhere have given Boakai the kind of support he needs, endorsed him from every county, and over 100 plus lawmakers are clear proof that the VP is the ideal choice for the people,” Gborkorkollie said. The PUP stalwart added that electing V.P. Boakai as President will bring the needed change Liberians desire for the country. “The right person to supervise this change is Boakai, and this is not a change from government to government. This is not all bout the UP, but the Liberian people who see him as the ideal leader for change. The support for the VP is not a UP support, but from people across the country,” Gborkorkollie said.K. Ishmael V. Conneh, a Mosbon executive, said they printed 100,000 T-shirts to boost the campaign through voters’ commitment to support the party no matter the situation.“They are joining the campaign by creating awareness about the VP’s presidential bid, and they are printing T-shirts. And seeing voters break away from their long held tradition of waiting for political leaders to give them t-shirts, is a happy day for all of us,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) administration has completed its work programme for 2019.This was according to Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Sherwin Wellington while addressing the Region Five Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Friday.Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Sherwin WellingtonHe told the gathering that the administration was given $436,160,000 under its current work programme for 2019.“To date we would have expended those funds. But on the capital side even though we would have expended all of our money, with the savings that we got, we were able to purchase additional things which we had put in the budget and were not approved in all five programme hands. We would have spent all of our allocations on the current budget. We’ve just a few more vouchers to add in, so all the money we would have gotten from the Parliament, we would have spent.”Region Five has been plagued with the RDC not being able to have successful meetings ever since January 2016. In fact, over the past year, the Council has not been able to have any fruitful discussion.Wellington, who was at the time serving as the Clerk of the RDC, acknowledged that the lack of meetings has had a negative impact on the Region.He took the opportunity to call on Councillors to unite for the betterment of the Region.“When you sit here, you sit as a council putting aside party affiliation. So, as a council, you will be able to make decisions that will represent all and that would benefit everyone. So, from 2020, let us all work together and we will get progress when we work together,” the DREO told the RDC.Meanwhile, Wellington said that funds from other Ministries which were pumped into the Region have also been exhausted.
Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has released a statement about his controversial meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In May Ozil, along with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Everton’s Cenk Tosun, had their pictures taken with Mr Erdogan, a move many German politicians criticised at the time, with their loyalty to German democratic values questioned in the process.“The DFB of course respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stands for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect,” Reinhard Grindel, head of Germany’s Football Association said at the time.“Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts,” he added.Additionally, Germany team coordinator, Olivier Bierhoff said: “I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay’s commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values. They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players.” Ozil posted this on his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts Ozil and Gundogan with Germany manager Joachim Low (left), Reinhard Grindel and Olivier Bierhoff, the national team coordinator The players are all of Turkish descent, though Tosun plays for Turkey. Following the furore, Gundogan released this statement: “Are we supposed to be impolite to the president of our families’ homeland?” Whatever justified criticism there might be, we decided on a gesture of politeness, out of respect for the office of president and for our Turkish roots. It was not our intention to make a political statement with this picture”.And now Ozil, posting to his 23 million followers on Twitter, in addition to his 17 million followers on Instagram and the 31.5m people who like his Facebook page, has also attempted to give clarification on the meeting.“The past couple of weeks have given me time to reflect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened,” he wrote. 2 2