“There are very few, I mean very very few people who can stand up like Abe Darius Dillon and challenge the public to produce any evidence of corruption and other allegations against him. No one has been able to do so. What?! Worked in (Liberian) government for years and not corrupt!! The man is an embodiment of integrity and ethics.
“What surprises me the most, the man is not that rich like others around here who are still corrupt. So it tells you a lot about him.
“Liberians, it’s time to reward such people – for the record, not for the sake of reward, but that such people are given the opportunity to serve and directly or indirectly impact our lives.
“Liberia needs such people to move forward!! Vote Abe Darius Dillon as Senator for Montserrado County!!!!” These were the words of Cornelius J. Dyuodeh following the official launch of Darius Dillon campaign on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia.
Then on Sunday, July 14, 2019, Dillon stated via social media that the “politics of crowd” or the “crowd of politics” is over.
“We convincingly displayed that yesterday, and it was overwhelming. We give God the glory and wish to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters home and abroad. The rest will be settled at the Ballot Box on voting day. Now is the time to dwell on the real issues that affect the wellbeing of our country and people; their happiness and safety. #Dillon #Telia,” he added.
During the rally, Liberians and supporters of the four collaborating political parties were in their numbers to grace the campaign launch of Senatorial Candidate Dillon for the pending Montserrado County Senatorial By- election, created by the death of Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.
The four collaborating political parties supporting Senatorial Candidate Dillon in this Montserrado County pending By-election are the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), ALL Liberian Party (ALP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
The likes of ALP chief Benoni Urey, Senator Steve Zargo, UP Chairman Wilmot Paye, Representative Yekeh Kolubah and Representative Candidate Telia Urey graced the occasion.
Delivering his remarks, the Senatorial Candidates stated that the time has come for Montserrado County to be liberated to the letter.
According to him, if elected to the position, he is going to be working in the interest of the citizens of Montserrado County.
Senatorial Candidate Dillon furthered that he is going at the upper House to advocate for the masses, adding that nothing will stop him for not doing the job for the Liberian people.
However, Dillon stated that he is not going at the House of Senate to enrich himself at the expense of the Liberian people.
Senatorial Candidate Dillon noted that his dream for Capitol Building is to introduce bills that will be in the interest of the Liberian people.
According to him, education, healthcare, capacity building, amongst others, are going to be very vital on his agenda.
Senatorial Candidate Dillon vowed that he will not rest his advocacy in speaking for the citizens of Montserrado County.
He lauded all of his partisans, supporters, sympathizers and friends who turned out to grace his campaign launch.
Interestingly, Dillon is the official spokesman of the Council of Patriots (COP) that mobilized thousands of people to demonstrate against the current state of affairs in the country. On many levels, the demonstration was a success not only because of the discipline of the marchers but also the reaction of the administration. This show of political maturity bodes well for the future of freedom of speech and assembly in Liberia.
Now comes the time to evaluate the impact of June 7, 2019, on the political process. The collaborating opposition parties (ALP, ANC, LP, and UP) have put their weight behind two young candidates, Mr. A. Darius Dillon from Liberty Party (LP) running for the Senate and Ms. Telia Urey of the All Liberians Party (ALP) vying for the District 15 seat in the House for the upcoming by-elections in Montserrado County, the seat of the capital and considered as the fiefdom of President George Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). The governing CDC has fielded two candidates of its own, Mr. Abu Kamara for the House of Representatives and Ms. Paulita Wieh for the Senate.
A victory for the opposition candidates in the stronghold of CDC doubled by the incumbency will be a clear signal that June 7 was not a passing moment. It will show that the administration is losing hold of its primary constituents. This will call for a realignment of the governance process if CDC wants to stay mighty.
A victory of the CDC candidates will deal a serious blow to the collaborating opposition parties who put their weight behind COP and endorsed candidates Dillon and Urey. But are they to win, the parties could strengthen their collaboration in preparation for 2020 and 2923.
On the other hand, a victory for the CDC will mean that the party still controls the votes in Montserrado County. It will also indicate that June 7 did not go beyond a day of the gathering of young people to sweat off their frustration. Finally, it will indicate that the collaboration of the four political parties is not yet oiled enough to beat the CDC. This will also call for regrouping for ALP, ANC, LP, and UP.
The by-elections will, therefore, be a referendum on both the ruling and the opposition parties. One of them will have a bragging right. In the absence of reliable polling, these by-elections could be a barometer to measure the strength of CDC in its traditional stronghold.
There are certainly other valuable candidates, but these elections would be fought on the ground of CDC versus the collaborating opposition parties/COP.
In the realms of things, everything in these elections hangs more of organizational capacity than the personality of the candidates. It will be statistically impossible for any independent candidate to break through and make it to the top.
Another issue that could arise in case of victory of Dillon and Urey is whether COP will now serve as the backbone of the opposition or fade away.
The stakes are high in these elections because the outcomes will foreshadow 2020 and 2023.
After the leadership of President Weah as the Senator of Montserrado County, the citizens of Montserrado County are heading once more to elect another Senator to represent their interests. The people of Montserrado are charged take the upcoming senatorial election very seriously since it is their interests, which will be at risk if the wrong candidate is elected for the second time. The campaign is on, and Liberians see the CDC’s candidate Paulita Wie’s campaign photo alongside that of President Weah.