Some Nimba – based supporters of opposition Liberty Party (LP) have rejected their party’s vice presidential candidate Harrison Karnwea’s call for Nimba residents not to vote Sen. Prince Johnson in the October presidential election over LP candidate Charles Brumskine.
Liberians in the vote – rich north – eastern county of Nimba have overwhelmingly supported Sen. Johnson to the Liberian Senate for two nine – year terms, and helped in win third place in the 2011 presidential elections won by incumbent President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf.
State broadcaster or the Liberia Broadcasting System reports that on Wednesday, 19 September LP supporters made it clear to Mr. Karnwea in Sacklapia during a campaign launch that they would support Sen. Johnson, a presidential candidate on the ticket of opposition Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).
The request by the LP second – in – command was turned down by the party supporters at the campaign of the party’s District #7 representative candidate L. Gbar Gonyon in Nimba.
Mr. Karnwea based his anti – Sen. Johnson campaign on the latter’s failure to win the presidency in the 2011 elections, saying Nimbaians should not vote him this time around.
On the contrary, angry LP supporters at the campaign argue that if Mr. Kanwea wants Nimbaians to vote for him as vice president, he should convince them on why they should elect him, rather than using the MDR presidential candidate Sen. Johnson as his campaign tool.
Having failed to persuade Nimbaians to abandon Sen. Johnson for Mr. Brumskine, Mr. Karnwea moves on to assure them that he will not be a “sleeping vice president” if he is elected Liberia’s next vice president.
In another development, opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) presidential candidate Sen. George M. Weah who is visiting Ganta City, Nimba County has assured residents of the county that he would provide basic social services to the people if elected president of Liberia.
The CDC strongman also informs the citizens that the party was unable to produce a representative candidate because most of those from the district are contesting as independent candidates. He adds that health, education, and jobs creation would be prioritized by his government.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley