Senator Prince Y. Johnson is tightening his grip on Nimba County, his political constituency as revival politicians here begin to roam the country to get petitioned by citizens, ahead of 2017.
Just as a cross section of citizens of Nimba were petitioning the political leader of the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) George Manneh Weah, over the weekend to contest for the Presidency in 2017, Senator Johnson was busy breaking grounds for a US$1.5 million vocational and technical school in Ganta, although some described the initiative as belated.
Johnson got re-elected last December to the Liberian Senate after he took the third place in the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, trading behind the governing Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and George Weah’s CDC.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at the LPRC Community in Ganta, PYJ, as he is affectionately called, said since the end of civil war in Liberia in 2003, which greatly affected Ganta, Nimba has been without a vocational school.
According to him, when constructed, the school will provide both technical skills and former education to youths of Nimba. He stressed that Ganta needs a modern high school where parents could send their children, and assured the citizens that the project will fill that gap.
The NewDawn Nimba correspondent said citizens welcomed the ground breaking, but said the initiative was belated, noting that they elected PYJ to the senate since 2005, but he has turned his back on them and directed all of his projects to Monrovia where he resides.
Senator Johnson had constructed a high school and a Church, which he pastors in Paynesville, suburb of Monrovia. As the people of Nimba petitioned Weah last week for the Presidency, the opposition Liberty Party held a mini convention in Voinjama, Lofa County and elected its former standard bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, to take the party to convention in 2017.
Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, was petitioned last month by his kinsmen of Lofa County to vie as President in the 2017 elections. Senator Johnson, who had earlier announced he will contest as President, has been attending series of talks with the CDC and other politicians both in Gbarnga, Bong County and Nimba, his stronghold on possible collaboration prior to Weah’s petition by the people of Nimba.
He had also predicted a ticket with George Weah for the 2017 Presidential election. What is not clear however, is whether Weah’s petition over the weekend is the beginning of such collaboration. By Franklin Doloquee, Nimba – Editing by Jonathan Browne