It has been disclosed in Monrovia that three Senators are lobbying for the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate. According to information, those in the race for the position are Senator Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe County, Oscar Cooper of Margibi County and Armah Jallah of Gbarpolu County.
From a Legislative insider, the three senators are fiercely lobbying for the position as the Liberian Senate will soon elect its leadership when it convenes in the not too distance future.
The insiders said the three are currently building their respective blocks and convincing their colleagues to elect them to the position.
During the recently held mid term senatorial election, Grand Bassa Senator, Gbezongar Findley who served in the position was voted out of office by the people of Grand Bassa County.
A political pundit said the race will be tough for contestant like Armah Jallah who hails from Gbarpolu County which is situated in Western Liberia on ground that the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the House of Representatives all hail from the same region.
However, others are of the view that Senator Jallah could be the right man for the job taking into account his long stay in the Senate. He did serve in the Senate during the administration of former President Charles Taylor and was re-elected in 2011.
As for the Sinoe County Senator who is also a lawyer, many believe that he is the best for the job counting on his experience as a seasoned lawyer who was elected twice to the Senate. “He will bring to the job experience and expertise and since the President and the Speaker all hail from Western Liberia it will be a political balance for the Pro-tempore to come from the southeastern part of the country,” one Legislative insider said.
Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County being a Businessman and a farmer who came into the Senate after the demise of the Taylor Administration, many believe he could win the post on ground that he has the flex to maneuver his way to the top knowing how to understand and work with people of all spheres.
What ever the case may be, the three are among Liberia’s best legislators who could spark a serious leadership capability and make the Liberian Senate one of the best that can seek the welfare of the people; reports Timothy T. Seaklon.