The Liberians United for Peace & Democracy or LUPD says it attention has been drawn to cleverly orchestrated attempts by some individuals to subvert the gains of peace, stability, democracy and development achieved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her administration by beating war drum.
In a press release issued in Monrovia, LUPD says unscrupulous individuals, masquerading as defenders of the people, are spreading outright lies and venomous rumors that a victory other than a Unity Party victory, will lead to a resumption of war, social upheaval and hardship in the country.
“This blatant lie begs the question, ‘Who will bring the war?’, it asks, and notes that the records of Senators George Manneh Weah and Jewel Howard-Taylor are clear; they are two of the few Liberian politicians that were not involved in our tragic civil war, adding that in fact, no one in the leadership of the CDC has been accused or charged with war or economic crimes.
Far from reality, criminally indicted former speaker J. Alex Tyler and his Liberian People Democratic Party or LPDP are members of the Coalition. Mr. Tyler, indicted by the State along with others on multiple charges, including corruption and economic sabotage, among others, is on trial for alleged bribery.
However, the release continues that the CDC leadership has no experience with waging war and, as leaders of Liberia, would have no desire for the resumption of civil unrest.
LUPD says it views these claims as a clear declaration of intent by the individuals spreading such rumors to ferment trouble if they lost the runoff election, saying “Let them be warned, our neighbors will no longer allow their countries to be used to attack Liberia.”
The organization also says it is very concerned by unfounded claims that the international community will not welcome a CDC victory and will not work with Ambassador Weah and Senator Taylor, if elected as President and Vice President.
It continues that claims that development partners will not give Liberia assistance under a CDC-led government is a devilish lie meant to scare Liberians from voting for the Coalition, and calls on all peace loving Liberians to exercise their franchise freely and responsibly by turning out massively to vote a leader of their choice in the impending presidential runoff election. Press Release