Opposition Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) presidential candidate Sen. Prince Y. Johnson is warning President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf that it is prudent for her to be neutral in these elections instead of allegedly engaging into things that will spark up chaos.
“When we are defeated squarely on the political battle field that’s fine; but when the elections results are manipulated, that will not be good for our country. It will create chaos,” Sen. Johnson said at a news conference Monday, 25 September at his party headquarters in Oldest Congo Town.
Sen. Johnson is accusing President Sirleaf of allegedly calling a secret meeting at her residence on 17 September for all election magistrates including National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairperson Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah to discuss things he fail to state.
The MDR presidential candidate warns President Sirleaf that her action must not in any way sideline the Farmington River Declaration including the Ganta meeting of political parties that commit political leaders to a peaceful, credible elections and a transparent transition before various African leaders.
The Nimba County lawmaker says what he gathers is that the intent of meeting between President Sirleaf and the NEC officials is unknown, though he insists that President Sirleaf’s decision to hold such secret meeting is a recipe for chaos.
According to him, such a secret meeting with the NEC officials opens door for suspicion against the Executive, appealing to her to be more neutral in these elections.
Meanwhile, Sen. Johnson has recommitted the opposition political parties to living up to the Farmington River Declaration, saying the opposition political parties want to see a free, fair, and transparent election comes October 10, 2017.
He notes that If President Sirleaf is so desirous of seeing a transparent elections like the oppositions are, the best thing to do is to call the media along with those election magistrates including their chairpersons to say whatever she wanted to say.
He frowns at the alleged secret meeting at President Sirleaf’s residence, saying it is the first in the African history for a sitting president to carry out such a strange attitude.
He warns that no one should manipulate the results of the elections so that the transfer of power can be more peaceful. The Nimba lawmaker recalls that Presidential Sirleaf had earlier announced her support for Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s presidential bid in the upcoming election.
Sen. Johnson says Liberians want to see a violence – free election, and the aftermath of such election should also be free to allow the citizen to enjoy their freedom.–Edited by Winston W. Parley