Opposition Liberty Party and ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) collaborating party Liberia National Union (LINU) engaged in war of words here following a recent meeting called by President George Manneh Weah with the opposition bloc.
Following the meeting with the president, LP’s Vice Chairman for political affairs Mr. Darius Dillon claims that LINU was a ‘planted opposition political party’ with the sole objective to heap praises on the ruling CDC administration.
Dillon argues that while other party heads were giving critical views on the today’s realities of the country and the appalling conditions of Liberians, Mr. Nathaniel Blama was busying telling the president that things are on course and that the administration is making tremendous effort in turning the economic table.
The LINU party executive Mr. Blama is appointed by President Weah as the Executive Director at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Mr. Dillion claims that the entire dialogue was a bluff, arguing further that the dialogue had no written agenda.
But LINU National Chairman and EPA Executive Director Mr. Nathaniel Blama terms Mr. Dillon’s statement as ‘unfortunate,’ and describes the LP official as a ‘traitor’.
According to Mr. Blama, Mr. Dillon is not a dedicated opposition because he allegedly wine and dine with former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s administration when Liberians were living in abject poverty.
Mr. Blama argues that the dialogue was not about meeting with opposition political parties, claiming instead that it was meant for the president and all registered political parties within the republic to meet.
Mr. Blama states that there was no way for Dillon to have spoken at such event when LP political leader Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence of Grand Bassa and LP national chairman Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County were in attendance.
According to Mr. Blama, Mr. Dillon’s walking out of the meeting had no bearing on the dialogue.
“Dillon has made himself Jack of all tricks; the economist Darius [is] there to talk the mining, environmental, financial sectors. He’s there to talk,” Mr. Blama adds.
The EPA Executive Director indicates that the LP delegation at the forum did not have essential issue.
Mr. Blama says it is shameful for a serious political party to go to such a dialogue without a written paper.
He alleges that Grand Bassa County Senator Lawrence who now occupies the political leader seat of LP spoke as someone who has not planned for the event.
Mr. Blama explains that the position of LINU was challenging everyone, every sector and group to rally around the administration to succeed.
According to him, Weah follows within the current generation of young people and if he fails, it will reflect on every young person here.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley