Liberty Party National Chairman Ben Sanvee says here that the party is desperate to take state power, but through democratic means. Speaking at the LP headquarters in Monrovia on Wednesday, April 19, during an official ceremony to receive Attorney Kanio Gbala, who early this week parted with Coalition for Democratic Change standard bearer George Weah, Chairman Sanvee said Liberty Party will not leave any stone unturned in its quest to win Presidency in October.
He says the LP is willing to go extra miles in ensuring its dream of achieving victory at the ballot box. He emphasized that LP is a political party that needs the expertise of every Liberian in order to realize its dreams and aspirations.
Sanvee admits that the party executives are overwhelmed by Attorney Gbala’s decision to join the Liberty Party, noting that the young Liberian brings lot on the political table, especially ahead of heated polls.
According to him, they have seen how innovative Gbala is and he has come over to join hands so that they can move Liberia forward, saying “Together, we can do better”. Sanvee reiterates that the LP is open to all Liberians.
In an apparent show of strength and readiness, the party paraded fleet of brand twin-cabin pickups in the streets of Monrovia to its headquarters at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction on the Old Road.
But critics here are questioning source of the sudden wealth with some speculating that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be behind the party’s support, a claim the President has vehemently denied.
The grounds of the Liberty Party on Wednesday was a scene of jubilation, battle cries and dances when Attorney BaiGbala, Jr., son of Liberian political commentator BaiGbala, who has weigh in his support for Vice President Joseph Boakai.
Mr. Gbala, Sr., worked with the regime of slain President Samuel Kenyon Doe. The despotic regime characterized various vices including tribalism, nepotism and corruption, among others was toppled in the 1989 rebel invasion led by ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor, currently serving 50-year jail sentence in Britain for aiding and abetting RUF rebels from Sierra Leone.
The new LP convert, Kanio took the streets with hundreds of people believed to be his supporters to the grounds of the Liberty Party to declare his membership. The party headquarters was packed with hundreds of Liberians from Montserrado County Electoral #3, chanting battle cries and singing as Atty. Gbala headed the group. LP Vice Chairman for Political Affairs, Mr. Abraham Darious Dillon, says the party is recruiting members on a daily basis, which is sign that it is heading for victory.
He used an old Liberian proverb which says, “If your Christmas will be good, you know from the eve”, and notes that Attorney Gbala has been someone he (Dillon) long yearns to work with.
By Ethel A. Tweh-Editing by Jonathan Browne