‘…. I Campaign In Jehovah Witness Style’ Appleton Rubbishes Negative Perception


The Standard Bearer of the Grassroots Development Movement (GDM) Edward Appleton, Jr., has for the first-time broken silence in the wake of mounting negative perception by his critics believing that he doesn’t deserve the vote acquired in the ongoing vote counts of October 10 Presidential and general Legislative elections. Speaking at a major press conference, Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at the GDM headquarter in Congo Town, Mr. Appleton said contrary to claims from critics that he didn’t campaign, not known or deserve the votes acquired as mere day-dreaming. ” I first must thank God for his Grace and blessings. They say I am a ghost; I’m not. They say our party was setup to disrupt the electoral process; This is not true. They say we have endorsed a candidate for the ensuing runoff; this also is not true because we have not. We like to thanked the Liberian people, especially the Grassroot people for their confidence reposed in us. They say that I as the Standard Bearer of GDM has unceremoniously left the country; it’s false and misleading. I’m here.” Mr. Appleton declared. According to him, while the supposedly big parties were looking for crowds and filling stadium, they were in rural Liberia talking to people one on one. ” While the big Political Parties were looking for crowds and filling stadium, we were in rural Liberia talking to people one on one. We were talking and delivering our message which fell on good grounds. We campaigned Jehovah Witness Style. And although we are not in the top two spots, we are in the position to play a key role in the upcoming runoff election,” he added. Grassroots Development Movement (GDM) third place 28,750 votes and 2.12% of the results so far. The opposition politician pointed out that their decision to endorse must be based on a clear understanding of what the Liberian people want, adding that they are praying for wisdom to make a decision that will make the Liberian people and those who will vote in the future proud. He further indicated that, they are not going to be lookers, but they will fully participate in the Democratic dispensation of a second-round elections. Mr. Appleton asserted that GDM intended to work hard to change the paradigm, which will bring about generational change in the not-too distant future. ” With the enthusiasm shown by the Liberian people in the first round in electing their leaders, it exhibited pertinently that the Liberia people believe in Democracy and Good Governance. GDM, I along with my Vice standard bearer and all our officers and members commit that we stand for peace, justice, good governance, human rights, and the soco-economic development of the Liberian people” he stated. Meanwhile, Mr. Edward Wade Appleton, Jr, hailed appreciation and excitement of the Liberian people on voting day to vote for him and the Grassroots Development Movement (GDM). ” This press conference was called to thank the Liberian people. The Grassroots, who voted? To tell them know that we hear you. And we thank you. Because of you, our future as Liberian is bright. We again thank the Liberian people and international community and donor partners, who have stood with our country all these years. Also, we are asking the Liberian people for the same support shown in the first round to be shown in the second round” he concluded.  By Taisiah Merfee/Ablee-Jay TV

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