Amid speculation about his resignation from the former ruling Unity Party (UP), Bong County Senator Dr. Henrique Tokpa has clarified here that at no point in time did he tender his letter of resignation from the UP.
“I never left the Unity Party. Even though I have not paid my dues in recent times…, I never left the party and I’m still a member of the Unity Party,” Dr. Tokpa said Wednesday, 8 July when he appeared on OK FM.
He makes the clarification in the wake of claims by his critics that he has turned his back on the Unity Party following its support given him during his campaign for the Senate seat.
Even though Dr. Tokpa says he remains a UP partisan, he notes that he ran as an independent to get the senatorial seat, saying he projects himself as an independent senator in the Liberian Senate.
Dr. Tokpa reveals that during his campaign he received massive support from various political parties, recalling that his promise to them was that when elected, those political parties would get his support for any legislation or issue that would be in their interest.
Regarding confusion in his county’s legislative caucus, Dr. Tokpa says he really does not know why he is being accused of creating problems within the Bong Legislative Caucus. Reminds his critics that during his campaign for the Senate, he didn’t have any problem with Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor supporting a particular candidate against him.
He continues that it should not also be a problem, now that he too has decided to support the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Prince Moye for a senatorial slot in the county.
Elaborating on his decision to support Deputy Speaker Moye, Dr. Tokpa says it is based on the lawmaker’s advocacy and the role he has played in developing the county. “I will support Speaker Moye, and I will not sit back and fold my hands. Remember he supported me heavily during my campaign quite recently, and now is the time to pay back,” Dr. Tokpa says.
Dr. Topka expresses confidence that Deputy Speaker Moye is the best person he can work with to bring massive and total development in Bong County.
His comments on Wednesday followed recent claims and counter – claims between him and Bong County Senator Henry Yallah in which the two officials traded claims for alleged support given to one another supposedly for academic advancement at Cuttington University or for the other’s quest to win a seat in the Liberian Senate.
The two Bong Legislative Caucus members have begun these debates ahead of the December 2020 senatorial election in which Yallah is seeking re-election in what will be a battle against Deputy House Speaker Prince Moye and other contenders.–Edited by Winston W. Parley