Just days after the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC initiated moves aimed at forming alliance with other political parties ahead of the 2017 elections at a secret forum in Gbarnga, Bong County, Senator Prince Johnson has reciprocated the gesture by hosting officials of the CDC at his Ganta, Nimba County residence, this paper has gathered.
In attendance at the Sen. Johnson meeting, our correspondent said, were the Nimba County Chairman of the CDC Nelson Quoiquoi and a member of the National Executive Committee of the CDC Mr. George V. William.
Our correspondent say even though the meeting was held behind closed door at the Johnson’s, report emanating from there says the Senator has asked the two men to convey to their political leader Sen. George Weah of his interest in becoming his (Weah) running mate in 2017.
This is the first ever meeting being hosted by Sen. Johnson on home soil with the CDC, which begged for his endorsement in 2011. But he rejected the party choosing the ruling Unity Party or UP over the CDC saying, the UP was the lesser of the two evils.
Our correspondent said, the Jonson CDC meeting was initially planned to take place at the farm of former Nimba County Superintendent Robert Karmie, but the convergence of several journalists forced the change of venue.
However, our correspondent said the news of a Johnson-CDC meeting has created mixed reactions in the county with many saying that the county’s senior senator cannot be trusted and therefore they would wait and see.
Amidst the mixed reactions is the former soccer star’s party link with Grand Gedeh, with many quoting Johnson as saying then that Weah had intended to trade Nimbaians to Grand Gedehian for the murder of former President Samuel Doe in 1990 by Johnson.
Johnson, a third runner up in the 2011 Presidential pull was booted out of his own party he founded by his supporters.
He ran as an independent candidate in the 2014 Senatorial by-elections which he won by a sweeping margin.
Of recent, Johnson had announced plans to launch a new political movement but that is yet to be seen.
By Franklin Doloquee – Edited by Othello B. Garblah