By Kruah Thompson
Former Maryland county Senator John Ballout openly disagrees with his political leader former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for withdrawing the Unity Party from the disintegrated Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) describing the decision by his standard bearer as an emotional error. He hopes Mr. Boakai would revisit the move and make a change in time to come.
According to him, all of the augments or justifications presented by the CPP chair and UP standard bearer clearly contradict efforts that have been made over the period to unite the CPP, noting that Amb. Boakia only identified problems in the CPP but failed to provide solutions.
“Contrary to all of the augments we put forth in the CPP as a way forward, it comes as a surprise to me to see the abrupt withdrawal of the Unity Party from the CPP. However, for that decision taken by our political leader here today, I totally disagree with Amb. Boakai”, the former UP senator said Wednesday, February 17, 2022, immediately after the former vice president made the pronouncement at the UP headquarters on Broad Street in Monrovia.
Ballout continues, “I listened to Amb. Boakai spoke on the problems of the CPP and did not touch on attempt to reconcile the dispute within the CPP nor did he try to provide the solution. Therefore, I think that Amb. Boikai’s decision is a step in the wrong direction.”
He underscores the need to ensure the CPP remains united and continues to apply efforts to fight for the liberation of ordinary Liberians, who see the Collaboration as the best alternative, while also appealing to the leadership of the CPP to rethink their decision and unite.
The former senator says he believes that doing so would keep the CPP united to resolve its conflicts in a polite manner, adding that this will help them to engage the pending 2023 elections with a united front.
Ballout, also a former Liberian envoy to Qatar, stresses that millions of young people in the CPP are tired of seeing their lives retrogressing, so they look forward to the CPP for a hopeful future.
He reiterates that the decision taken by his standard bearer in taking the UP from the CPP does not promise or support the future young people wish to see for the country and for themselves.
He notes there are different categories of people within the CPP who have come together under one umbrella with a venture to save Liberia from economic hardship continuously being imposed on citizens by the Weah administration.
Ballout suggests that the way forward to uniting the CPP is to address issues confronting its constituents.
The CPP was established after the 2017 presidential and general elections won by President Weah.
The Collaboration comprised of the Alternative National Congress headed by Mr. Alexander B. Cummings; All Liberian Party headed by businessman-turned-politician Benoni Urey; Liberty Party headed by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and the former ruling Unity Party headed by Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
The contentious issue within the group has been who should become standard bearer of the CPP that both Amb. Boakai and Mr. Alexander Cummings desperately seek to an extent that neither of the two leaders seems willing to serve as running mates in the next elections.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/were-all-going-separate-ways-boakai-declares-end-of-cpp/ Editing by Jonathan Browne