Liberty Party Standard Bearer Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, currently fighting a legal battle against the National Elections Commission had asked all Liberians to pray so that “good will prevail over evil.”
In our mind, good means an expeditious conclusion of the legal procedure to allow us go ahead with the runoff presidential election to democratically choose a president that would sail our beloved country thru stable waters. This is what majority of Liberians are yearning for.
Hence, we pray that Cllr. Brumskine will put Liberia first in his quest for justice, and not pursue selfish political interest as the writing on the wall seems to indicate.
Sincerely, we are taken aback by the sudden bond that has led the governing Unity Party of Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai going over to three opposition parties -the Liberty Party, the All Liberian Party of businessman Benoni Urey, and the Alternative National Congress of former Coca Cola Executive Alexander B. Cummings to challenge results of the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections.
That the Liberty Party and Cllr. Brumskine, who had just few months ago, bitterly campaigned against the ruling UP getting a third term in office, can today host the ruling party and its standard bearer at their (LP’s) headquarters in Monrovia, dancing to the same tune is the highest betrayal to Liberian electorates, to say the least.
Now we understand that all these three opposition political parties told the Liberian people during the campaign period were nothing but rhetoric. They never meant anything they told the electorates. Today, they have become extremely inseparable from the ruling establishment.
Democratically, it is their right to determine which side they want to go in securing their political interest, but doing so at the detriment of the majority desire is highly disappointing. Majority of the Liberian people want the runoff poll conducted sooner than later.
In her address to the nation on Tuesday, 8 November President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reminded all citizens that Liberia’s democracy and reputation is under assault by the current legal wrangling, while the economy is under stress.
Therefore, she urged politicians, herself inclusive, to do better, emphasizing that historians or posterity will look back at this time and judge us by how we conduct ourselves at this critical moment in time.
And this is where we come from. Our country is being hurt by the hurdles that have beclouded the democratic process to the extent that the Supreme Court has slammed a prohibition against the National Elections Commission, halting all electoral activities, much to the delight of the strange bedfellows that are now parading themselves as victims of the entire process while time elapses and uncertainty awaits our destiny as a nation.