The NewDawn has gathered reliably that about 32 political parties are converging on Nimba County this weekend for discussion on formation of a possible coalition ahead of the 2017 presidential and representative elections.
Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County is the architect of the pending meeting scheduled in Ganta. Making the disclosure on a local radio station in Ganta, Nimba County recently, he said the intent of bringing the parties together is to form a formidable opposition bloc to stop the ruling Unity Party from taking state power for the third term.
Senator Johnson said only a strong coalition can stop the UP at the ballot box. However, he did not name the parties invited this week to Nimba, but added that as leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction or MDR, he will lead the delegation to the county.
Political observers say the critical question in such talks on coalition is who to lead the bloc at the end of the day, giving that every party wants to produce a standard bearer and nearly all standard bearers are eyeing the Presidency.
“My brother, this thing will create problem because all of the 32 parties will not allow themselves to be played with. Like me tell you, this is a good idea, but all of them want to be president, so who will allow who to lead him?”, a marketer told our Nimba County correspondent, while on her way to the market.
Some Nimbaians welcomed the pending visit, but said if the opposition want to face the ruling Unity Party, they all should come together as a coalition rather than having 32 parties. They said in America, there are only two parties: Republican and Democrat, but “in a small country like Liberia, we have 32 parties.”
This paper also gathered that Nimba County along has four of her sons, including Senator Johnson who have expressed interest in contesting for the nation’s highest seat come 2017 besides 127 representative aspirants from the county.
They are Publisher Carton Boah of the Inprofile Daily newspaper, Senator Prince Johnson, Jeremiah Whipoe and Annialah Zoe. There are also reports that some of them who had expressed interest to contest for the Presidency are still in America, and have no knowledge of the pending meeting about coalition.
Meanwhile, recused House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, has called on electorates of Nimba County District# 8 to re-elect Representative Larry P. Younquoi in 2017. Speaking Saturday, 3 August at a fund raising rally for the construction of a township in the district, Mr. Tyler praised Representative Younquoi as being one of Liberia’s best lawmakers, adding “Going for a battle, you must always send your best generals, and Representative Younquoi is one of the best Nimba County has sent to the House of Representatives.”
Tyler was accompanied to Gipo Township in Nimba by six other lawmakers, who stood by him during the just ended crisis. They are also members of Tyler’s Liberia People Democratic Party or LPDP, including Representative Bill Konneh of Bong County District One.
The Tyler’s loyalists include Representatives Moses Kollie of District# 5 in Lofa County, Aaron Vincent of Grand Cape Mount County District One, Representative William Diakel of District# 17 Montserrado County and Lofa County District Four Representative Marimah Fofana, among others.
The LPDP high power delegation also pledged US$1,500 toward construction of the township hall in Gipo Township.
The hall when completed will comprise a 200 seated conference hall, two offices-one for the township commissioner and the other for town chief, two bathrooms, a cafeteria and a kitchen, respectively.
In response, Representative Larry put the cost of the project at US$35,000. According to him, Gipo gained township status in 2002 under the late President Moses Z. Blah, but has not benefited any development from central government. Editing by Jonathan Browne