In response, the Grand Kru County Senator through his office in a statement, rejected claim by Dr. Alfred Segbe, that he (Coleman) is a failure, stating that the aspirant (Dr. Segbe) is not even a competitor or challenger in the ensuing race. It could be recalled that Dr. Segbe, while in a recent interview with the Daily Observer Newspaper, said the incumbent shouldn't be reelected because he failed, noting: “There is a need to have a person with new intervention and strategies to be able to successfully tackle the challenges and problems of our land." The Grand Kru County senatorial aspirant indicated that he will be contesting as an independent candidate because his only political party is Grand Kru County. He then vowed to support the Pro-Poor Agenda of the George Weah administration by joining with Senate President Pro- Tempore Albert Tugbe Chie and the rest of Grand Kru lawmakers to move their county forward.
However, the office of Sen. Coleman in a press statement dismissed the claim by Dr. Segbe, asserting that the Senator has served the Grand KruCounty and the people of Liberia for several years. The statement, which is under the signature of Chief of Office Staff (COS) Mr. of Jenkins D. N. Pelenah, Dr. Segbe is “mere joker, and isneither a competitor or challenger” in the ensuing race. "Let it go forth and wide that the Senator is prepared politically to contain forces whether in Liberia or from the diaspora as we go through the electoral process," the statement read.
"Moving forward, Team Coleman in close collaboration with the county leadership of the Mighty Coalition of Democratic Change, wishes to inform Dr. Segbe that we are prepared and willing to continue advocating for our people of Grand Kru County and this is why we are collaborating with the Executive Branch of government and the entire government functionaries for development to be widespread in Grand Kru County," it furthered. "Presently, the office of Senator Coleman fully supports plans on rolling out the housing project and the Coastal Highway from Barclayville to Grand Bassa County. Dr. Coleman has collaborated with the functionaries of the government of the Republic of Liberia to [make] sure salaries of teachers and civil servants are on time. We do not need any [advocate] who will come and divide our people. Grand Kru County is for one people and we have our son who is the President of Liberia and is willing to develop our County and Liberia in particular," Dr. Coleman’s office pointed out. Contrary to the claims, Dr. Coleman’s office indicated that for many years, the lawmaker (Dr. Coleman) has helped several sons and daughters of Grand Kru County through scholarship and financial aid to higher institutions of learning.
Dr. Coleman’s office also averred that the aspirant has not made any contribution towards citizens of the county, rather his support has only benefited outsiders rather than citizens of the county. The statement disclosed that Senator Coleman has completed several projects across Grand Kru County including the lobbying of both Lonestar and Orange Network services in Grand Kru, health center and OIC residence in Doe-Swen (Dorbor District), health center and OIC Residence in Jlateken (Buah District), fully furnished Teachers’ Quarter in Dwehken (Forpoh District), Fully furnished Nursing quarter, Garraway Beach (Trehn District), and market building as well as micro-finance program in Sasstown City and Norkwia (Jrao District).
Furthermore, the release named the ongoing (incomplete) projects of Sen. Coleman as the clinic and OIC residence in Zoloken (Wedabo District), clinic and OIC residence inWeteken (Trehn District), OIC residence in Middle Town (Trehn District), teachers’ quarter in Grandcess City, clinic in Parluken (Forpoh District) and town hall in Chenwrenken (Buah District). "All of these projects are in excess of One Million United States Dollars ($1,000,000.00USD)," the statement added.