There are particles of dust in the air amidst allegations and counter denials over a purported meeting that was said to have taken place between Vice President Joseph Boakai and Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party or LP over a proposed collaboration for the 2017 general and presidential elections.
Amidst this mellow drama is also an allegation of a US2.5 million allegedly promised to be given to the cash scrapped LP to enable it position itself structurally for the collaboration. Out of this amount it has also been alleged by sources within the party that US500.000 has already been given up front.
Cllr. Brumskine telephoned this writer on Thursday March 31, 2016 denying that his party ever receive a dime from the drowning ruling Unity Party or UP. He also insisted that he was yet to meet with the Vice President to discuss such an issue. He did not ruled out the possibility though.
On Sunday April 3, 2016, the Secretary General of the Boakai for President Movement also told this writer via telephone that the Vice President is yet to meet with Cllr. Brumskine. “Vice President Boakai, has had no such meeting with Cllr. Brumskine”, Mr. Robert Kpadeh said. But he added that the Veep Boakai is willing to meet with politicians and eminent citizens as the political process moves on.
Mr. Kpadeh’s denial comes more than 72 hours after LP Secretary General Jacob Smith denied both the meeting and money changing hands. But in the midst of all these dramas is Gender and Children Minister Julia Ducan Cassel who has publicly confirmed that such meeting between the vice president and Cllr. Brumskine has taken place.
Mrs. Cassel last week publicly admitted telling potential voters at an atiyee center (Chinese Tea Center) in Grand Bassa that Cllr. Brumskine was at the residence of Vice President Boakai during the time of her speech begging to be his (Veep Boakai’s) running mate for the 2017 race to the Mansion.
When quizzed by a local radio station whether her statements were statement of facts or she wanted to just score a political point, she replied “I am a politician.” The minister did not only stop at the Truth FM but also defended her comments on Prime FM insisting that both political leaders of their parties had met and that Cllr. Brumskine begged Vice President Boakai to be his running mate.
But Kla Toomey of LP insisted that the minister’s comments were far from the truth. Sources hinted that the minister is seeking the chairmanship of the drowning UP and therefore would be in a very good position to be in the know of what takes place in the darkness.
By Othello B. Garblah