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As the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections draw closer, the political variables here continue to change by the day with latest report that three prominent citizens of Nimba County are tussling to become running mate to Unity Party’s Joseph Nyumah Boakai.

The report points to the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Senator Prince Johnson; Unity Party Representative Richard Matenokay Tingban and Senator Thomas Grupee, respectively of the county.

Due to their respective desire to be running mate to the Vice President, the three politicians have been endlessly exhibiting political strengths in parts of vote-rich Nimba County. Owing to so-called popularity that Rep. Tingban attracted some times ago while visiting several counties here, political leaders are said to be eying him for his support. Several political parties are also constructively engaging the county to select their running mates, among them, the Congress for Democratic Change, Liberty Party and even Dr. Miles Jones’ Movement for Economic Empowerment, as well as ALP’s Benoni Urey and ANC’s Alexander Cummings, among others.

Rep. Tingban turned over his “Friends of Tingban” organization across the country to Vice President Boakai and subsequently joined the crusade to make him President of Liberia. Even though he continues to refute media reports of him wanting to become Boakai’s second in command, his support to the VP is unending. Sources told this paper that his relationship with chiefs, youths and women of Nimba is remarkable.

On its own, the governing Unity Party has also been in talks with other prominent individuals, including Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Tokpah, Ambassador Jeremiah Soluteh and Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County, respectively for the same purpose.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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