Rev. Kennedy Sandy, one of the key attractions of the 2011 presidential and legislative election says he’s back to contest the 2017 Presidential elections.Rev. Sandy who announces his return today to lead the Liberian Transformation Party or LTP, to the 2017 elections first made his debut appearance on the Liberian political landscape in 2011.
Though regarded as one of the candidates heavily endowed with spending money, Rev. Sandy did not make it through to the second round; neither did he come close to fourth place. However, he out performed old politicians such as Dr. Tobah Nah Tipoteh in the 2011 poll.
He joined other defeated opposition presidential candidates led by the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC to protest the initial first round results of the 2011 presidential election, citing fraud.
Sandy was later appointed by President Sirleaf to the Constitutional Review Committee or CRC, a position he soon resigned to avoid being trapped by the Code of Conduct which has created much talking points here already.
“I have voluntarily resigned from the CRC. I want to be President of Liberia 2017,” Sandy told journalists here following his resignation. The Code of Conduct section 5.2 b sates that any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public or elective office shall resign said post three (3) years prior to the date of such public elections.
Unlike 2011, where elaborate preparations were done ahead of his arrival here with fleet of rented buses loaded with sympathizers to welcome him in January of 2011 at the Roberts International Airport, there were last minutes preparation at the LTP’s headquarters Wednesday October 26, where he is expected to officially announced his intention to contest the 2017 poll.
Rev. Sandy, 53, hails from Keta, Grand Cape Mount County. He is the General Overseer of the St. Peter United Churches World Wide.