The women auxiliary of the opposition Liberty Party are poised to endorse the candidacy of the ruling Unity Party Standard Bearer, Vice president Joseph Nyumah Boakai for the December 26 runoff election.
Vice President Boakai and Montserrado County Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change are going for the runoff. According to LP insiders, the women reached the decision on Monday, 18 December in meeting chaired by their political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine at the party headquarters near the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction in Congo Town, suburb of Monrovia.
They planned to come public after Cllr. Brumskine officially states which way the LP was going in the runoff.Brumskine declares at a brief news conference Tuesday boycotted by several senior party officials, including youthful Chairman Benjiman Sanvee, Campaign CEO Musa Hassan Bility and former vice standard bearer Harrison Karnwea that Liberty Party officially remains neutral, but partisans may go their way.
“I did not resign from my party”, ex-vice standard bearer Karnwea told Truth Breakfast Show on Monday, a live talk show hosted by Truth FM 96.1 in Du-Port Road outside Monrovia.
The trio last week publicly declared support for Coalition Standard Bearer George Weah, with Chairman Sanvee urging Weah to seek the welfare of the people, if elected President.
Sanvee continues that they are not in the CDC to sit down, but to work in making sure Weah becomes the next elected President and Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor becomes the first female Vice President in the history of Liberia.
According to him, Liberty Party believes that change must happen for the betterment of the young generation, noting, ‘This is our time; our days have been difficulties and delays on the way.”
Sanvee notes that Sen. Weah and the rest of the Liberian people have a common story, saying, “They call you all sort of names, but you are the people’s choice,” amidst thunderous applause.
“Sen. Weah and Sen. Taylor, we endorse your candidacy because Liberians have spoken and we as leaders must listen; we ask all to be humble and accept victory,” Sanvee concludes.
In response, Weah welcomes the endorsement and vows to uphold the trust and confidence reposed in him by the LP and others but stresses, “Everyone has an idea that can better transform our country. It is not enough to elect a government and sit down and expect it to do everything…you have to work with it to achieve your aspirations and dreams.”
Tuesday’s brief news conference hosted by the LP leader was graced by National Secretary General Jacob Smith and Vice Chairman for Political Affairs A. Darius Dillon, among others.
Political observers say Brumskine has no choice but to keep the party, as an institution above the fray, having earlier vowed to support the election of an opposition-led government while benefiting the ruling Unity Party’s solidarity when he went to court against the National Elections Commission, challenging results of the October 10 elections, a case he eventually lost before the Supreme Court of Liberia.
-Story by Jonathan Browne