Just weeks after some citizens of Lofa County petitioned Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to contest the upcoming 2017 Presidential elections, the same county is set to renew the presidential hopes of Cllr. Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party or LP, at a scheduled midterm convention Thursday.
He is expected to be re-elected on a white ballot as Political Leader of LP by delegates from the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia – party insiders told The NewDawn Monday. Brumskine, a 2005 and 2011 Presidential Candidate of the Liberty Party, resigned from active politics following his second defeat in the first round of the 2011 polls, after which he helped incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to win the run-off after endorsing her candidacy.
Brumskine’s Liberty Party choice of Lofa over his native Grand Bassa County follows the massive support the party gained from citizens of that northern county, leading to the election of Senator Steve Zargo, the party’s candidate in the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial election.
Several key political figures, among them Businessman Benoni Urey, Dr. J. Mills Jones of the Central Bank of Liberia, Sen. Prince Johnson of Nimba County, Sen. George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC, Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor, Speaker Alex Tyler and Sen. Pro-tempt Amah Jallah are also expected to grace the occasion and make brief remarks at the program.
Also expected at the party’s midterm convention are representatives of political parties and members of the diplomatic corps. Main speakers at the convention will include Cllr. Brumskine, Lofa Representative Eugene Fallakapkar and Sen. Steve Zargo.
Side line activities of the LP’s convention, party sources say would take a look at the party’s version of the four Rs – Reconciliation, Reformation, Recovery and Rebuilding of the Liberian nation. “One mistake we have made in the past was not to actively articulate the LP’s version of the four Rs,” the party source said, adding, “this is something we will be focussing on this time around.”
The source continued that while on his way to Lofa, Cllr. Brumskine will make several stops, including Batala, Salayea and other major towns along the Bong-Lofa routes. Liberty Party is one of several political parties currently tipped to wrestle power from the ruling Unity Party comes 2017. – By Othello B. Garblah