CDC Destroys Speaker Nuquay
-Rated Highest In Margibi County Polls
The opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Montserrado County’s charismatic Senator, George Weah, has totally destabilized the support base of archrival Unity Party’s Vice Presidential running mate, incumbent House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay as reflected in the provisional results released by the National Elections Commission (NEC).According to the provisional results, the CDC is ahead of the ruling Unity Party on whose ticket the incumbent Speaker is contesting as running mate to Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai; the results, political analysts believe, is the first general election loss sustained by the ruling party in Margibi since 1997.
With all polling centers reporting, Weah defeated Vice President Boakai 43.6 percent to 26.9 percent.
Unity Party has won majority votes from the county since the 2005 elections that brought President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power.
Prior to the October 10, 2017 polls, many Liberians had believed that the ruling party would have repeated history, given the fact that Boakai’s running mate comes from the county.
Although Nuquay’s selection was initially applauded by Margibians, the decision is now being blamed for costing the unprecedented damage politically in the county it had maintained lead for years; the recent results show that the Speaker is not popular in his home county.
In fact, three of Nuquay’s immediate associates in Margibi, including Rep. Roland Opee Cooper, Rep. Ballah Zayzay, and Rep. Stephen Kafi, were all voted out. This, according political thinkers is a major political blow to the ruling party that is seeking a third term.
It was only Representative Ben Fofana, a Unity Party candidate who survived the CDC hurricane; it was reported that Fofana’s victory was underpinned by support from some CDC Executives since he was opposed by Speaker Nuquay.