The opposition Liberty Party is reported to be in serious negotiations with businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey for membership. Information gathered by this paper suggests that a team of Liberty party officials headed by former policy advisor Darius Dillon has of late been in persistent ‘behind-the-scene’ discussions with Urey to get on board the Party ahead of the 2017 Presidential election.
Mr. Dillon, confirming the report on the Truth Breakfast Show on Truth FM in Paynesville, described businessman-turned political Urey as a “very good man with integrity.”
He further said that there was nothing wrong with the Liberty Party bringing on board Benoni Urey as member, however, exoressing the hope that the negotiations ongoing with Urey should not be a failure, adding: “Mr. Urey is a very influential character any party would want.”
Even though the head of Friends of Urey Foundation, Emmanuel Lomax may not adequately abreast of the inner politics of Urey’s political ambition, he has discounted the report. According to Lomax, no political party has engaged Mr. Urey on such that Mr. Dillon was confirming.
Lomax noted that it was premature to discuss politics at the moment, stressing that the Urey Foundation was on a three-year project across Liberia; and that at the end of the three year-period, the foundation would embark on a consultative tour of the country in 2017 to put the decision of Mr. Urey before the people. He said it is the people of Liberia that would decide which party or coalition for the former NPP and CDC Executive to join.
According to him, the Urey Foundation was currently on a three year-project to provide scholarships, community projects, as well as humanitarian services, among others to the Liberian people, while also concentrating on the fight against the deadly Ebola disease. He told the New Dawn via mobile Monday that the lives of the Liberian people were paramount to Mr. Urey than election.