Barely a week after former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor spoke through the Voice of America VOA urging his National Patriotic Party (NPP) partisans to return to the party, his buddy Oscar Cooper, Senator of Margibi County, has been petitioned by citizens of Margibi County to contest for the nation’s highest seat.
The petitioning ceremony which took place at his Cooper’s farm residence near Kakata, Margibi County brought together traditional leaders, mask-dancers, members of Senator Cooper’s Movement called “Cooper’s Experience”, student groupings, zoes, chiefs, and elders from Margibi County. In separate extemporaneous statements on Saturday, representatives from the various counties residing in Margibi County said they have followed the political track records of Senator Cooper over the years coupled with his humanitarian assistance and development initiatives since his ascendancy at the Capitol Building. The group said after years of consultation with their people in their various constituencies, the Chiefs, elders, and youths have unanimously agreed to elect Senator Cooper as President of Liberia in October this year and assured him of their fullest support. The Margibi county petitioners called on the people of Liberia to rally around Senator Cooper to ensure that he wins the country’s presidency, noting “he is the people’s interest, and if he climbs to the nation’s highest seat, Liberia will be developed, and the lives of the citizenry will improve.” The various proxies that spoke also acknowledged the untold sufferings, bad economy, corruption and intolerance from the Ellen-led administration and said it is only Senator Cooper, and his Movement that can bring total redemption to the country and its citizens. Responding to the people statement, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper thanked the people who turned out to grace the occasion and promised to redeem the country from ashes of corruption and bad labour practices He promised to cut down huge salaries, improve health facilities, and said he would ban his Government officials from travelling to foreign countries to get medical treatment. He also promised to promote mechanized farming and improve the education sector. He said for too long the Liberian people have suffered under bad leadership and vowed to take ‘Liberia out of Monrovia and have a decentralized Government which the Liberian people will have access and mitigate problems facing them. Senator Cooper averred that his presidency will not be perpetually resident in Monrovia but will spend one month each in every county, noting this will enable his pending Government to pave roads, encourage farming activities, improve health facilities, empower the youths to get involved in national development. The program witnessed the absence of Margibi County authorities including lawmakers due to policy differences in the county which have brought division and disenchantment amongst them. Senator Cooper and Representative Ben Fofana have championed transparency in expending of county development funds in Margibi over the years, but many of their colleagues opposed their anti-corruption postures. Senator Cooper joined the ruling Unity Party in 2006 after his attempt to lead the National Patriotic Party faltered. Senator Cooper won the 2011 senatorial elections for Margibi on the Unity Party ticket through the assistance of the party standard bearer Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and he has been instrumental at the Capitol Building in ensuring that bills which have to improve the lives of the Liberian people are passed into law including the decent work bill which increases wages for employees throughout the country.