The process set up by the opposition Liberty Party or LP to choose its representative candidates for the upcoming 2017 Legislative election is being greeted with growing opposition from the party’s stewards.
On Monday one of its legislative aspirant in Monterrado County electoral district#3 vowed to stay off the LP’s primary because he has passed threshold set for those wanting to contest on the party’s ticket.
Speaking in Monrovia on a local radio talk show on Monday, 29 May aspirant J. J. Lavala says he has written the Standard Bearer of the party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine about his intention to boycott the impending primary.
He contends that if the Standard Bearer does not give a clear-cut redress to his communication as to whether or not he (Lavala) would represent the party in electoral district #3, he would be left with no other option but to quite the LP.
Lavala stresses that while he is not afraid of going to primary against aspirant Kanio Bai Gbala, Jr., who also wants to contest on the party’s ticket from the same district, it would be unfair for him to participate in a primary when he had allegedly met benchmarks required by the LP.
He did not outline the benchmark, but maintains that should the LP prefer another partisan to represent the party, he would move on to another party to challenge Mr. Gbala, Jr., in the October race.
Lavala also vows to whip anyone contesting against him in the district, including Kanio Bai Gbala, Jr., because he has overwhelming support from the electorates.
By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne