Political leadership in Nimba County is far from being peaceful and cohesive, as a nominee for Development Superintendent, Peter Karngbay from Gbi-Dorlu has been flatly rejected by Senator Prince Yormie Johnson on grounds that citizens of Gbi-Dorlu were his bitter enemies during the Liberian civil war, so he can’t work with them.
Senator Johnson, popularly known as ‘god-father’ of Nimba politics, accuses County Superintendent Dorr Cooper of replacing defeated representative candidate Raily Myres with Peter Karngbay, a son of Gbi-Dorlu district.
Speaking in Ganta City on a community radio station, Senator Johnson complains he who was given the appointing power by President Weah should have been in the know, but Superintendent Cooper never consulted him before making the nomination.
The political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction further discloses that before leaving for Nigeria to the ECOWAS Parliamentary meeting, he submitted a list of names to Superintendent Dorr Cooper for onward submission to President George Weah from which to appoint a Development Superintendent.
The MDR is a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, having lending support to election of CDC Standard Bearer, George Weah during the runoff Presidential election in 2017.
According to him, the list did not mention Peter Karngbay, but rather a defeated representative candidate from district#5 Raily Myers.
PYJ says he entrusted Superintendent Dorr Cooper with the list, but to his surprise, the uperintendent came out with something totally different.
He claims the Superintendent effected changes, including one Joe Wongan to serve as City Mayor of Saclepea, which was changed to Jerry Nyageah.
Since the inclusion of the names of the two men, both Superintendent Cooper and Senator Johnson have been in disagreement over formation of the county leadership.
During the talk show in the county, Senator Johnson publicly vows he would never appoint a son of Gbi-Dorlu district for any post because the Gbi ethnic group has link with the Krahn tribe whose members vehemently opposed him during the civil war.
According to sources, since 1976 the people of Gbi-Dorlu had never benefited from local appointment in Nimba.
Citizens from of there have on several occasions threatened to leave the county and join Rivercess County, while others say they prefer crossing over to neighboring Ivory Coast, accusing local authorities here of neglect.
According to them, their district has not benefited from any development. But appearing on Radio Kergheamahn 94.5 FM in Ganta, Superintendent Dorr Cooper counters that Sen. Johnson is aware of the decision that led to the nomination of Peter Karhgbay to serve as development superintendent.
He maintains that all of the names were done with the knowledge of Senator Johnson.
Meanwhile, following pressure from citizens, calling on President Weah to appoint a development superintendent for Nimba, the name of defeated MDR candidate Raily Myres has emerged as Development Superintendent instead.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne