Many had thought his recent resignation from the governing Unity Party for alleged disunity was the end of the road for his Presidential ambition, but Dr. Toga Gaywea McIntosh is confidently determined even more than ever to vie for the nation’s highest seat in the 2017 as he told The NewDwan in an exclusive.
Speaking to this paper via mobile phone from Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria over the weekend Dr. McIntosh disclosed that he is currently holding series of consultations with supporters, well-wishers and political parties’ leaders across Liberia on his dream for the Presidency.
According to the ex-vice president of ECOWAS, the consultation appears fruitful and rewarding, saying “We are holding several cross-section consultations throughout the country, with international partners, and supporters and political parties’ leaders and we think the dialogue thus far has been fruitful and rewarding and is taking our dream further of bringing change to mama Liberia.”
When asked whether he would contest as an independent candidate, he quickly denounced that, noting that the Liberian Presidency cannot easily be captured single-handedly as an independent candidate instead, it requires a collaborated team with a common agenda to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.
Dr. McIntosh, who was reportedly in talks with the opposition People United Party or PUP when he resigned from the ruling establishment, said he’s currently in discussion with all political parties in order to make an informed decision.
On June 6, Dr. McIntosh withdrew his membership from the Unity Party, citing bad administrative policy allegedly introduced by Senator Varney Sherman and his corps of officers. He wrote the party’s leadership then headed by Cllr. Varney Sherman a letter of objection prior to the ruling party’s recent national convention in Bong Bounty, opposing the appointment of the chair and co-chair on elections with the hope the party would consider the merits of his claim and address the issues raised amicably and professionally, but unfortunately, it was on the contrary, a situation which led him to quit the UP..
“To my outmost disappointment, neither acknowledgment of my letter nor reaction to the concern raised has yet to be addressed by anyone within the leadership of the party. From a professional and courteous perspective, I firmly believe this dead silence constitutes gross disrespect and disregard to a partisans; especially a partisan who has made significant contributions to the party and nation and showed a deep sense of commitment with countless sacrifice made for nearly 20 years,” he said.
According to him, one could only conclude that the party’s continuous indifference in addressing partisans’ concern signifies that any member of the UP may be aggrieved, simply walk away, and nobody cares. “This don’t care attitude is neither the source nor the spirit of unity, but rather disunity,” he lamented.
Dr. McIntosh said his desire, commitment, and faith to be a viable candidate for the impending 2017 Presidential and Representatives Elections remains resolute more than ever. “Analyzing the nation’s current state of affairs, I would like to reiterate that I truly believe that I have the requisite competency, capabilities, experience together with the vision and determination to take our great country to the next level of sustained economic growth, human development, and national transformation. As a humble servant of the great people of Liberia, I ask my fellow compatriots to join me in this historical journey,” he concluded.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Editing by Jonathan Browne