If political rally turnouts could determine the outcome of political parties and their candidates’ showing at the polls, then it seems like the Alternative National Congress and their political leader Alexander B Cummings are set to give their competition a good run for their money.
Cummings, who has been heavily criticized by his detractors about his lack of local knowledge and terrain, and his inability to pull crowd, believes his time has come. “We came here to show the people of Monrovia, the people of Montserrado and the people of Liberia what the ANC can do. They say people don’t know about me. But I think they do. I think you know, and if you don’t, by the end of today, I am sure you will,” Cummings crowed when he addressed an ANC rally last Friday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. ANC National Chairman Lafayette Gould also believes in his party readiness to wrestle and take state power through the ballot box. “In August active work started towards the certification of our proposed political party. After exactly one year on June 10, 2013 the ANC became a full-fledged political party in Liberia. Along the way, our party grew in strength and in substance. Today the strength of the party is evident by what is seen here; from a 177,000 membership a few months ago to numbers that frighten any opponents of ours,” Gould asserted during the jam-packed rally. Held under the theme, Liberia Deserves Better, the Alternative Day Rally turned out to be an utter shocker to critics of the ANC and Cummings who had least expected the mammoth turnout that left Central Monrovia on gridlock as thousands upon thousands of Liberians trooped from 24th Street Sinkor to the ATS on UN Drive to listen to the ANC political leader explain his plans for the country. Comparing elections outcome to that of a soccer match, Cummings said it is often the best teams that make the finals, and eventually win. Congratulating Montserrado County for winning the just ended National County Meet for the first time, Cummings said national elections are about results and experience and not popularity and longevity on the political scene. “This election is not about how long someone has been in politics, or how popular you think you may be. It is not about where you come from. This election is not about those things. Hunger and poverty knows no tribe. It doesn’t care whether you are Kpelle, Gio, Bassa or Grebo. Liberia is for all Liberians and we have moved past that time in our country. We are proud of tradition, but it should not get in the way of progress, it should not get in the way of creating a better and prosperous Liberia for every Liberian. This election is for Liberians that care about themselves, their country and making a better life for their families. It is about how much experience the person wanting to run the country has; how much they care about the Liberian people; what they have and are willing to do for the Liberian people, and most of all, whether they can deliver results,” he said. Cummings said, with all the big age behind Liberia, the country has not much to show for itself in terms of achievements and making the lives of the citizens better. “After almost 170 years, we deserve a better Liberia. The ANC and I truly believe that Liberia deserves better; and you deserve better. Every single one of you in this stadium deserves the chance to succeed, to be able to feed your families, and send your children to school. You should be able to find a job when you finish school. You deserve to be able to have the basic human right to electricity and running water. But only Liberians can make that possible. We must work hard for and towards it. We have all heard many promises from many people. People promise to make Liberia a better place, but always come up short, always taking a little bit too long. I think 170 is a very long time for people to still be getting it wrong. It’s time we take ownership of our country,” Cummings stated. An ANC-led government, Cummings says, will commit to and deliver real results for Liberia and its people. “Our government will prioritize resource and revenue mobilization. Our government will work with the people and for the people in building a new Liberia. I know you are all tired of living on “dig-hole-cover-hole”. I know you are tired of living on ‘sell-pay’. We will create jobs by prioritizing infrastructure; by investing in widespread electricity, running water and roads. We will create jobs for millions of Liberians. By strengthening the private sector and developing infrastructure, we will attract investment, so that our children won’t have to run in between cars for LD. We will prioritize and develop agriculture, education, health; and we will tackle corruption. Our current President mentioned in her State of the Nation Address Liberia has been plagued by the wrath of corruption. I promise you that I will be severe on corruption; and lawbreakers will no longer go unpunished and allowed to take food from the mouths of the Liberian people. No more monkey work bamboo draw. By tackling corruption and ending wasteful spending, Liberia will realize a more efficient and effective government, one that works for all Liberians,” Cummings asserted. The program climaxed with the ANC recognizing the role of elders, zoes and traditional leaders in moving Liberia forward; while local artists and musicians including Kanvee Gaines, Kekura Kamara, Quincy-T, Takun-J and Nasserman, among others entertained and thrilled the crowd.