PJY fears death
-Runs to international community
The Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction party of Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, alarms here that it has received intelligence from a “highly placed source” of an alleged attempt by the ruling Coalition government of President Weah to assassinate the senator, who is also founder of the MDR.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia on Thursday, February 2, attended by several executives of the party, including political leader Senator Jeremaih Koung, PYJ himself, and Vice Chairman Mensco Wolloh, the party said it has called on the international community to investigate the alleged threat on its leader.
Mr. Wolloh says Senator Johnson is an institutional person, who has been advocating for the people of Nimba therefore, there is no reason why someone should go after him.
“We received intelligence from highly placed source that there is an attempt to assassinate Senate Prince Y. Johnson”, the MDR Vice Chairman reveals.
The claim by the MDR comes barely weeks after PYJ announced that he was withdrawing support from President George Weah, for not fulfilling commitments made during the 2017 elections.
According to him, President promised to employ more Nimbaians in government in exchange for support at the polls, which he won during the runoff in 2018.
PJY also wants the government to pay social development funds, totaling millions of dollars collected as royalty for iron ores extracted from the county by steel giant ArcelorMittal Liberia.
The Government of Liberia is yet to react to the latest allegation of an attempt on the life PYJ, who until now, had a staunch supporter of President Weah.
The allegation also comes just a little over a month when the Government of Liberia announced the arrest of huge cache arms brought at the Freeport of Monrovia.
According to Police instigation, the arms importation was masterminded by a U.S.-based Liberian Ben Baker. Police also made several arrest and further discovery of arms at a private residence in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.
Delivering his State of the Nation Address on Monday, January 30th to the 54th Legislature, President Weah reported that diplomatic efforts are ongoing to have Suspect Ben Baker brought to Liberia to face investigation.
Meanwhile, the MDR announces the suspension of two of its executives, including Vice Chairman for Governmental Affairs, Wilfred Bangura.
Mr. Bangura, who opposes Sen. PYJ’s decision to withdraw support from the Weah administration, is presently a deputy minister at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Monrovia. Story by Jonathan Browne