A political party here named New Liberia Party (NLP) has dumped its standard bearer William Wiah Tuider and vice standard bearer Dave Dixon and moved over to opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) of former corporate executive Mr. Alexander Cummings.
The headquarters of the ANC in Monrovia was a place of total celebrations on Friday, 15 September, as if the National Elections Commission (NEC) had declared the ANC winner of the elections.
The crossover – party NLP claims in a resolution read before thousands of its partisans and ANC partisans that the alleged failure of its standard bearer William Wiah Tuider and vice standard bearer Dave Dixon to live up to their commitment made to the party has driven the party’s decision to join the ANC.
ANC partisans and party stalwarts celebrated the arrival of the New Liberia Party on board, as the ANC leaves no stone unturned in its quest to bring on board everyone and political parties ahead of the 10 October representatives and presidential elections.
The ANC has been receiving individual and group endorsements here for the presidential bid of Mr. Cummings, starting with former Liberian Ambassador to United States Jeremiah Sulunteh, Cllr. Winston Tubman and later a huge portion of partisans defecting from opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) of Businessman Simeon Freeman.
The crossover NLP National Secretary General Paul Weesaye says his party standard bearer William Wiah Tuider and his team promised to provide a spacious and fully up – to – date office space for the use of NLP after being elected to head the party ticket on 18 July this year.
According to Mr. Weesaye, Mr. Tuider and his team allegedly promised to promote and campaign on the platform of the party, provide materials, transport logistics, financial and administrative support to the party and submit to the NLP administration a structure of the campaign team for approval and onward submission to the NEC.
But Mr. Weesaye claims that since the endorsement of Mr. Tuider and his running mate to contest on the ticket of the NLP, they have cleverly and deliberately failed to live up to their commitments to the party and have failed to collaborate with the Executive Council Members of the party including its national chairman and secretariat.
According to him, Tuider failed to provide the party’s leadership executive committee information on their campaign activities including budget and expenditure on campaign related materials for the records and accountability.
He adds that Mr. Tuider and Dixon lied under oath to the officials of the party and the membership by failing to put forth a dime in running the campaign process since 18 July.
He alleges that the party torchbearer has been living in Ghana, where he is allegedly remains without any reference to the party, with about 22 days to the elections.
Turning to his new political leader, Mr. Weesaye says the vision of Mr. Cummings is overwhelming, noting that when given the time and support, Liberia stands a better position to move forward.
For his part, ANC stalwart Mr. Orashall Gould expressed thanks and appreciation to the entire leadership and partisans of NLP for the decision taken. He says the ANC will live up to the expectations of the NLP, adding that M. Cummings is the best choice for the country that has suffered 14 years of backwardness.
Efforts to contact the abandoned LNP political leaders have been fruitless.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley