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Speaker Betrays UP

A Nimba County Representative has blasted House Speaker Alex Tyler for being an ingrate and total betrayal to the ruling-Unity Party. Representative Richard Matenokay Tingban claimed that the Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the Bomi County Lawmaker as Speaker of the House of Representatives only to resign and form his political party in the dying minutes when the party needed most.

He described such political behavior as a total betrayal and distrust. Speaking on a local radio talk show – the Prime Morning Drive recently in Monrovia, the Nimba County Lawmaker – campaigning to be a running mate to any Presidential candidate for the 2017 race, further considered the action of the Speaker as a spirit of greed and total disrespect to the ruling establishment.

Rep. Tingban – also a founding member of the National Union for Democratic Progress formerly of Senator Prince Y. Johnson, emphasized the need for a legislation to restrict elected leaders of the House of Representatives to their respective political parties. In case of their resignations from such political parties, they should also resign their positions as leader of the Legislature.

October 13, 2015, The Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler, resigned as a member of the ruling Unity Party and founded the newly certificated Liberian People Democratic Party or LPDP.

The party is located in the compound of a lawmaker hailing from the same county as Speaker Tyler, former Bomi Senator Richard Devine.

He attended the official launch of the party in Kakata, Margibi County recently. Commenting on the proliferation of political parties in the country ahead of the 2017 presidential and representative elections, Tingban noted that the essence of forming political parties is about greed, saying “some politicians are not willing to work with others and everything about that political institution should only surrounding them.”

According to him, Speaker Tyler, in his letter of resignation, accused the party of losing focus – something Rep. Tingban asked, “When did Speaker Tyler realize that the party had lost focus?

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by George Barpeen

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