Longstanding speculations suggesting that Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s quest for Liberia’s Presidency come 2017 may have gotten a knot from incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf still remains something unclear to the public, as the Liberian leader reserves comment till a ‘one-to-one’ conversation with her Veep.
Returning from a G7 Summit held in Germany, President Sirleaf told reporters at the Roberts International Airport or RIA on Tuesday evening, June 9, that responding to her Vice President’s quest to succeed her was something she would like to do when she meets him.
“I think that’s something I would like to respond [to] when I meet the Vice President, not with you,” she said at the airport in response to a question on the Vice President’s desire to contest the 2017 presidential election.
In May 2015, Mr. Boakai accepted a petition from his kinsmen in Lofa County for 2017, while paying a post-Ebola crisis tour of the northernmost Liberian county to appreciate the locals there for their success against the virus.
But Mr. Boaki’s petition for the presidency has since rocked the political scene here, as executives of the ruling Unity Party from which the Vice President hails, appear glaringly divided over who succeeds President Sirleaf.
Some UP executives and supporters are clear about support to the opposition leader of the Congress for Democratic Change and Montserrado County Senator George Weah, while Chairman, Senator Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County seems to be endorsing the Vice President’s bid for the nation’s highest office.
Businessman and UP executive Musa Bility, UP Caucus Chair in the House of Representatives Mr. Bill Twehway, as well as President Sirleaf’s key campaign supporter- Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, among others, have clearly shown their alignment with Weah, opposing a Boakai presidential bid.
But concerns have been mounting here as to which way President Sirleaf – the ruling UP’s First-in-Command is headed in the wake of multiple names in the public of those seeking to succeed her, including some government officials and party members in the government.
Two UP officials known here to be seeking the presidency include Vice President Boakai and House Speaker Alex Tyler, while Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones’s ambition for the presidency has long been glaring due to his ‘business loan scheme’ that has generated serious political controversies between him and lawmakers.
Whether or not President Sirleaf is in support of VP Boakai’s presidential bid , it something that is a matter of ‘-on-one’ conversation that may occurred between the two top ruling UP executives whenever they meet.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has described the just-ended G-7 Summit as good, saying World Leaders at the Summit were committed to doing more in helping to resolve poverty and intervening in Africa’s health system, particularly Ebola-hit countries, while also tackling issues of illegal migration and terrorism.
The president re-emphasized call for mutual respect and responsibilities, allowing African countries to own programs and determine their own priorities, as they cannot hundred percent depend on the World Leaders. By Winston W. Parley – Editing by George Barpeen and Othello B. Garblah