Ahead of the 2017 elections, people seeking relevance, including greener pasture seekers are crossing from one political party to another here with the latest being the ex-organizing chairman of the All Liberian Party [ALP] Emmanuel Lomax, who has crossed over to the Liberty Party [LP] of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.
The LP suffered a big blow recently when its entire leadership in Nimba County, including county chairman Tony Gonyor crossed over to the governing Unity Party currently headed by Vice President Joseph NyumahBoakai. The defectors cited lack of access to the party hierarchy, including its political leader Brumskine, among other grievances for their exit.
Lomax is currently serving as political consultant for the Liberty Party branch in Bong County where he hails from. He has promised to work very assiduously to mobilize the people of Bong to join the LP, his new political home.
Lomax said he is glad to once again partner with Cllr. Brumskine, who he described as dependable, adding that in couple of weeks there will be huge political gathering that might probably mark his formal admittance into the party.
According to him, work has already started in various parts of Bong County to ensure more people are recruited into the LP. Lomax spoke recently in Bong County when Counselor Brumskine made a brief stopover in Gbarnga, while enroute to Nimba County for a meeting of about 15 opposition political parties on the need to form a merger to defeat the ruling Unity Party.
Lomax embarked on his political journey when he joined the youth wing of the ex-governing National Patriotic Party (NPP) of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor, but left the party after the 2005 elections and moved over to the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) of ex-presidential candidate Senator Prince Johnson, which he helped to form.
He parted with Senator Johnson following the 2011 polls and met businessman and presidential hopeful Benoni Urey to organize the ALP, but lost the party chairmanship during its convention in Gbarnga, Bong County and subsequently fell out with Mr. Urey, tendering his resignation.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne