Finally! It’s Boakai-Nuquay for 2017 Race

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Vice President Joseph Boakai Monday named 48-year-old House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay as his running mate to contest for the presidency on October 10, this year.

The ruling Unity Party presidential nominee told the nation his decision to select Nuquay is based on the geography and demographics of the country.

The Margibi County Representative is a member of the country’s largest ethnic group – the Kpelle, which has an estimated 870,000 population and his county is amongst the top four vote-rich regions in Liberia.

He described his running mate as a humbled and enterprising young man who has the requisite skills to serve Liberia as Vice President and shares his vision to drive a new agenda for Liberia, create opportunity for every citizen and reconcile the nation.

The Speaker accepted his nomination terming it as “unexpected, a huge moment, the fate of destiny and a transition.” He promised to be a loyal follower and a supporter. The Boakai-Nuquay ticket will not harm Liberia, it will bring hope and prosperity for all Liberians, he said.

Prior to naming his running mate, the Vice President kept the pronouncement close to his chest, fueling speculation with several party members and associates developing interest in the role. Party Chairman Wilmot Paye called the delay “ the best Liberian political secret in the 21st century.

Nuquay, a two-term Representative elected in 2005 as an independent candidate joined Johnson Sirleaf ruling Unity Party in 2011 before quitting to join the newly established People Unification Party (PUP).

For six years, he served the House’s powerful Finance and Budget Committee, overseeing the country’s post conflict financial management reform process.

On October 5, 2016, he was elected Speaker after the Supreme Court of Liberia rejected then Speaker Alex Tyler’s petition that sought to overturn his removal following the London based Global Witness’ report detailing official corruption involving Tyler and other senior administration officials that plunged the house into turmoil for nearly five months. Festus Poquie