Governor Paul Malong (in red tie) received mass endorsement for gubernatorial position
January 6th, 2010 (Aweil)---Maj. Gen. Paul Malong Awan, Governor of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State (NBGS), received unprecedented public endorsement yesterday, January 5th, 2010 when tens of thousands of people drawn from near and far corners of the State converged at State’s Freedom Square chanting and shouting support for Governor Paul Malong. Yesterday’s turn out, estimated to be more than 60,000 people, represented political organization never seen in NBGS history. It was the biggest show of political strength ever demonstrated by any politician since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.
The supporters drawn from State’s five Counties and comprising of people from all segments of Aweil community including: chiefs, spear masters, intellectuals, business men and women, politicians, women and youth groups, among others, stormed Aweil Town to witness the submission of Governor Paul’s application for Governor’s position. The turnout dwarfed 5000 signatories needed to endorse a hopeful for gubernatorial position multiple times. After submitting his application, Governor Paul thanked the masses for their support, called for unity of the SPLM Party, promised more development for the State and assured citizens of strict preservation of law and order in the State.
On top of the reasons for popular support for Governor Paul Malong is tight security Northern Bahr El Ghazal State continues to enjoy. As he promised upon his appointment for NBGS gubernatorial position that State security would be his government number one priority, Governor Malong has since then ensured commendable security in a way unparalleled by any of his counterparts in Southern Sudan. Additionally, Governor Malong has also received public admiration and trust due to numerous developmental projects which his government is undertaking.
The recorded turn out by supporters of Governor Malong came two days after another gubernatorial hopeful, Maj. Gen. Dau Atourjong, submitted his application in present of a couple of hundreds of supporters who also came from across the five Counties of the NBGS.
However, looking at staggering numbers of Governor Paul’s supporters that poured on State’s Freedom Square; this writer could not help but recalled the old adage: “those who laugh last laugh louder.” Indeed, Governor Paul had his best political day, a day he will undoubtedly live to treasure. For many observers, it was a done deal for Governor Paul Malong as people had evidently decided the race for gubernatorial position by their sheer numbers.
But the race is far from over, the final decision rest squarely with SPLM State Electoral College currently doing the screening of applications and SPLM Interim Political Bureau which will do the final decision and endorsement.
Finally, citizens of NBGS have once again proven their political maturity and democratic orientation. Throughout this wonderful event, no undue incident occurred, it all ended peacefully just as it had ended when another contender Maj. Dau Atourjong submitted his application.
Source: Aweil Media Team