Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County is cautioning his kinsmen and Liberians in general to open their eyes as they go to the poll in 2017 to elect a new President.
Johnson, leader of his newly formed Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction or MDR party said politicians wanting state power are coming with cash and other inducements, so the electorates should be mindful how they cast their votes in next year’s Presidential and Representative polls.
He described them as old wine in new bottles, claiming they are coming with money stolen from the country’s coffers to entice voters. The former Presidential candidate gave the caution recently in Ganta at the dedicatory ceremony of a health center and school project funded by Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung of electoral district#1 in Nimba.
He urged Nimbaians to focus on development rather than rhetoric as they will go the poll, adding that some of those aspiring for the Presidency possessed fake credentials and are not development-oriented.
According to him, Liberian needs a leader who has love and passion for the country instead of setting his or her eyes only on its natural resources and money. Senator Johnson is also leader of the erstwhile rebels Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia. He contested for the Presidency in 2011 and became kingmaker after taking third place in the first round.
He is listed in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as one of those rebel leaders who committed heinous crimes during the country’s nearly 15 years bloody civil war.
By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba -Editing by Jonathan Browne