In a turnaround, the Alternative National Congress or ANC of Liberian Presidential hopeful, Alexander B. Cummings, has somersaulted on its earlier decision not to present an aspirant in Margibi County Electoral District#5, endorsing Mr. Amos Kollie Nama as its nominee to contest in the district. argibi County District# 5 is currently represented by House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuguay, who is seeking a second term.The ANC endorsed Mr. Nama recently in Kakata, Margibi County.
But in an interview with reporters in Weala, Margibi early this year, ANC County Chairman Roland Cooper Kaine said the party was not producing any candidate for the October 10th polls in District #5, which is under the incumbency of Speaker Nuquay.Chairman Kaine, a former Senator of Margibi County, made the disclosure when the party had gone to conduct awareness on the voter’s registration process in the county.
He notes that for several reasons, the party would not put up anyone as a representative candidate in the district, adding that instead; it would collaborate with other aspirants in District#5 that it thinks can best serve the interest of the people.Kaine notes that he took the decision as party Chairman of Margibi in consultation with his political advisors.
He continues that as a political institution, the ANC has decided to be very definite with the District#5 situation, adding that the party will put up candidates in all other districts that it deems necessary in Margibi but District#5.
“What ANC has done as a political institution, will be very definite with district five situation. ANC as a political institution will put candidate in any district she feels and she finds very necessary for district five as far as we do stand right now for several reasons; ANC doesn’t stand to put up a candidate for the representative post in district five”, Kaine continues.
However, there are now about five aspirants in the district to contest against the Speaker in District#5 in October, including Mr. Amos Kollie Nama.One of the aspirants, Mr. Derrick Nyumah, has already joined Speaker Nuquay for the upcoming elections and is now calling on others to come onboard. However, as a result of the party’s decision; the District#5 Coordinator of the ANC, Mr. Rancy Peters, has tendered in his resignation from the party, indicating that the ANC is inconsistent.
Mr. Peter, who is allegedly a strong supporter of Speaker Nuquay, has always said he supports the candidacy of Mr. Cummings, but not anybody on the party’s ticket in the district to contest as a representative.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne