–As Tyler makes wide promises
The Liberia People Democratic Party or LPDP is currently embarked on a nationwide tour to hoist its flag at county headquarters in southeastern Liberia. The LPDP recently hoisted its flag in Lofa, Bong, Nimba and Margibi Counties, respectively where partisans, well-wishers and sympathizers gave a rousing welcome to the party and its soon to be political leader or standard bearer, Speaker Alex Tyler.
According to a press release issued here, a LPDP convoy left Monrovia for a 10-day tour of Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh Counties to hoist its flag in those political sub-divisions.
The party arrived in Grand Bassa County amidst rousing welcome from citizens, partisans and sympathizers in what has been described as a triumphant entry into the Port City of Buchanan.
At the party headquarters in Buchanan, a jubilant crowd met with executives, chanting a brand new direction for the Republic of Liberia. Called upon to make a statement, Speaker Tyler and other senior party executives told the cheering crowd that the time has come for a new direction for Liberia, and its citizens.
The Speaker regretted that at 168 years, Liberia is still lamenting over bad roads, stressing that instead, Liberians should be talking about overhead roads, economic empowerment and control of the economy.
According to him, for too long Liberians have been in economic darkness, especially at district levels, noting that his tour of all electoral districts during the oil consultation in 2014 brought to light the vivid picture of the level of underdevelopment and poverty across the country, and it was against this background that he proposed US$1m for each electoral district for development purposes.
Speaker Tyler told the gathering that unfortunately political leaders and government officials opposed same for selfish reasons. He said Legislators stood firmly though the amount requested did not sail through. However, there are evidences that each electoral district now has projects that are impacting the lives of the people. Speaker Tyler said if this had been done over the years, Liberia would have had development spread around the country evenly.
In a confident spirit, Tyler told partisans and the people of Grand Bassa County that since his break away from President Sirleaf’s governing Unity Party, he has assessed political parties and names that matter in the country and none offered the vision to fulfill the aspirations of Liberianslike the LPDP does.
He said the party was inBassa as another child with vision and commitment to bring the dreams of the people of Bassa and the entire country to a reality. This, he said, requires support of the people of Bassa, and called for collaboration of Bassa citizens to help chart a new direction for Liberia.
It may be recalled that Speaker Tyler has been badmouthing Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government months after he divorced himself from the ruling establishment saying, the Unity Party Led-administration has poorly performed since its ascendancy in 2006.
After joining his newly formed LPDP, Tyler said despite opportunities afforded the leadership of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf from the International Community and partners, there is nothing substantially visible for Liberians to boast of. Editing by Jonathan Browne