The temperatures collected from the November 16, 2021 by-elections conducted in four Counties- Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba absolutely read tremendous shift and clearly signaled farewell to being pinned down on party mandate, patronage style of politicking with emphasis on the godfather-syndrome.
The temperatures also vividly reflected that those who would prefer to keep internal wrangling as a famous stunt and most attractive fashion, thereby rigorously tearing apart the collective cohesiveness of a united front to brace the incumbent who himself is feeling the tough bitter pill to swallow as evident of the gradual erosion shrinking his stronghold (Grand Gedeh); it would be foolhardy that one can destroy an entity as an insider, and believing to have a clear sky in 2023. Impossible, and in spite of the possessed deepest pocket, the reading of the temperatures also showed that while no lone ranger can inflict solid defeat on the incumbent; equally so, diamonds are not all to it. Even to go solo and realize victory, the magic wine is inadequate in its rooted devilish potency, if at all its charm is utilized as country devils have now formed a serious and intimidating component of the nation’s body-politics. .
With all fairness, the temperatures registered a new harbored mentality towards accumulating victory at the general and presidential pool, and until all interested competitors abide by the new creeping political revolution, and fall directly in line to capture the most needed votes for victory; clandestinely relying on shifting and moving the goal poles around from one place to another in order to propel one party far ahead, is indeed, a worn-out myth.
The tough question has already been made simple and clear in scope, character and nature by squarely laying to the feet of all power-players or stakeholders in the political bonanza of 2023 that not one can set into motion, the first stone of eclipse to the grave, but not problem-free political minefield. Obviously, the cash will be massively unleashed to determine pressure against pressure, speed against speed and by extension, induce and lure feeble-minded out for any grab elements; state’s owned resources will be messed with, and massively abused in favor of the struggling incumbent and his limping crew in complete violation of the retired by disregard, code of conduct; while across the fence, commotion, internal rift, excessive bitter wrangling, fuss and castigation well positioned to delay the flight of collectivism, and if not halted now, and pose a united front, the dream to make the incumbent a one term president would turn out to be mere charade, while currently politically bruised, and embarrassingly lacerated, the incumbent might barely keep his nose faintly above the water, as competitors languished in the wilderness with misunderstanding of each others of the own communication like a day in the life of the building of the tower of Babel and the builders upon hearing the most unique and all powerful voice of all voices.
With a bird-eye view of 2023 reflective of the four by-elections held on November 16, 2021 and in keeping with the available temperatures from Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties, people may for the first time in a ling setting understand the practical interpretation of what is always referred to as politics is not for small child, it is for grown up men and women with tick skins and steel nerves.
Also, what was learned from the temperatures of the four by-elections held is the deep-rooted demand, command and control of being in the party’s box without venturing outside the box to soberly see all around the box first and foremost; and then moving farther, wherein, you can make some comparative analysis about your party as opposed to or in agreement with unfolding trends of event, and by extension, processes from where informed decisions are made instead of always rolling where ever the party leads and lands you. What this actually applied to is making the party much more reverent to existing reality and deliverable-results to the changing time tailored to the interests and aspirations of the people instead of being totally insensitive to the needs and happiness of the people; besides seeking and being exclusively concerned about yourselves and those you favored. When you do this in the name of the party, then bear in mind that you’ve exposed the party to public ridicule.
Take a look at this; Restoration Party (LRP) took the lead in Grand Gedeh County, the stronghold of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) since 2005. In Bong County, James Kolleh of the People’s Unification Party (PUP) has been the force to reckon; and Finda Gborie Lansanah of Bomi County is the hottest potato, and so hot that she is far too ahead for competing rivals to even see her back, while Sam Bown, Jr., swept the floor and pulled the carpet from under Prince Y. Johnson, (PYJ) the politically stabbed godfather of Nimba in the Ganta by-election as an independent candidate, defeating desperately PYJ’s supported candidate who ran on his (Sen. Johnson’s) party’s ticket
Glaringly, the temperatures did not only show that big and well known political parties were missed out in the four by-elections held in the mentioned (four) counties despite their show of strength and efforts, and besides two little known political parties-LRP and PUP, the remaining two contestants won as independent candidates, but that the challenge has become much more compelling that the t rationally known political parties be it individual or collective, despite the grim internal chaos being confronted with, urgently need to re-work their standings on the drawing board and level up with the changing demand and expectations of the electorates, if they intend capturing political accolades in 2023.
Finally, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared Erol Madison Gwion, Sr., James Kolleh, Sam Brown, Jr., and Finda Gborie Lansanah winners in the four counties respectively where the by-elections were conducted on November 16, 2021.
What we now see clearly is that, if the electrodes vigorously insist on pursuing the line of November 16, 2021 by-elections in Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties as standard roadmap, without caving in to any kinds and forms of manipulations, no matter where so ever such may come from, moreover attempt to come from, then obviously, the handwriting on the wall speaks great volume.
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