A Nationwide Govt Committee (NEC) member of the opposition All Liberian Social gathering (ALP) Sando Johnson says he stays supportive of the presidential ambition of the Political Chief of the Unity Social gathering (UP) Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai regardless of the choice taken by his get together to withdraw their help from him.
By Obediah Johnson
Mr. Johnson, who’s presently a Political Advisor of the ALP, is a former Senator of Bomi County who supported President George Manneh Weah within the 2017 basic and presidential elections.
The ALP is headed by famend Liberian businessman Benoni Urey.
It may be recalled that early final month, the ALP, by way of one in all its members, Henry Costa, held a information convention denouncing its help to Ambassador Boakai for the presidency within the ensuing October 10 basic elections. The get together additionally claimed that Ambassador Boakai betrayed the ALP following his refusal to pick out Costa as his working mate after he (Boakai) allegedly dedicated himself to doing so.
“I’ve been designated by our get together to announce and inform in categorical and unambiguous phrases, that our get together, the All Liberian Social gathering (ALP) is not allies or companions with Amb. Joseph Boakai and his Unity Social gathering. We not share the identical beliefs, imaginative and prescient, or values. Within the coming days, our get together might be assembly to find out our subsequent plan of action,” Costa acknowledged.
However talking in an interview with FrontPage Africa by way of phone on Tuesday, August 8, Mr. Johnson mentioned it’s unbelievable and unthinkable for the ALP that has labored with Ambassador Boakai for thus a few years to somersault over its choice reached at a nationwide conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County.
On the conference, delegates amongst different issues resolved that the get together’s Political Chief Urey wouldn’t contest for the presidency within the October 10 elections and the ALP would help the previous Liberian Vice President.
“I can let you know this that the ALP might have taken a choice to go wherever they need to go; however I’m not going together with them. I’m supporting Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Social gathering 100% and to ensure that he wins and rescue Liberia.”
“My get together and all of us have labored with Ambassador Boakai for over 4 years getting ready him for the presidency. And in the course of the sport or eve of the elections you need us to depart to go someplace else? No. We are able to’t signal a decision in Gbarnga to help Ambassador Boakai than within the center I withdraw. I can’t do this.”
Mr. Johnson acknowledged that he can not affix his signature to a doc and renege on fulfilling what he has committing to, noting that, “anybody who does that could be a baby.”
He noticed that because of the pronouncement made by the ALP, lots of the get together’s executives and partisans are crossing over to the UP.
Liberians need Boakai
Mr. Johnson emphasised that the “writings are cleared on the wall” that Liberians need Ambassador Boakai to exchange incumbent President George Manneh Weah within the ensuing elections.
He added that a number of opinion polls carried out have given Ambassador Boakai edge over his contenders.
He famous that because of this, he can not go towards the desire of the Liberian individuals simply to please a political get together.
“You possibly can see clearly that the Liberian individuals and the entire nation is popping in direction of Ambassador Joseph Boakai and we have now to hitch this practice and be sure that we assist him to change into President of Liberia”
Mr. Johnson disclosed that he has already knowledgeable his get together’s Political Chief Mr. Urey about his choice to help Ambassador Boakai regardless that he ALP has rescind on its earlier choice to observe go well with.
He added that Mr. Urey and different executives of the get together have been duly knowledgeable that it was not well timed for the get together to half means with Ambassador Boakai barely two months to the elections.
In response to him, Mr. Urey has wished him properly in his choice.
“I’ve acknowledged my concern to my Political Chief Benoni Urey and I made that very cleared to them that it’s late and I’m not going to betray or flip my again on Ambassador Joseph Boakai. Ambassador Boakai has nominated me on his Nationwide Marketing campaign Group and I’m serving in that capability very properly. There isn’t any turning again. The Liberian individuals need Boakai and we are going to be sure that he wins.”
“Urey and I got here a good distance and I respect him. We labored collectively for a few years, however after I made my choice to not go away from Ambassador Boakai, I despatched him a message as a authorized respect expressing my view that it was my democratic proper. And he mentioned ‘thanks. I want you good luck.’”
He indicated that he stays keen and absolutely ready to bear the penalty of no matter choice the ALP would take because of his motion to help Ambassador Boakai.
He acknowledged that although he has not formally joined the UP, he’ll assiduously work to make sure that President Weah is changed by Ambassador Boakai.
Mr. Johnson indicated that as a member of Ambassador Boakai’s marketing campaign crew, he won’t be perturbed by assaults on his character from few others inside the ALP resulting from his choice.
He mentioned his political chief and daughter Telia Urey, in addition to Henry Costa have their rights and can to “go the place they need to go,” however they need to keep away from compelling others to observe them.
“We heard a few of them making sweeping statements and a few of these statements will promote Ambassador Boakai. So, the extra they make a few of these denigrating statements or insulting Ambassador Boakai, you’re campaigning for him.”
The Most Skilled
Mr. Johnson identified that his help to Ambassador Boakai is predicated upon his excessive stage of expertise as in comparison with his political rivals.
He mentioned the previous Vice President “is aware of precisely the right way to lead this nation in order that our younger individuals future might be redeemed.”
“Kush is killing our younger individuals and you’re seeing the excessive fee of corruption and abuse of energy. We’ve to cease that.”
In response to him, Ambassador Boakai is the one finest suited to redeem the picture of the nation.
“Ambassador Boakai will redeem and rescue our nation in order that the struggling, drug abuse and corruption can vanish and let Liberia transfer on. I’m nonetheless an government of the ALP, however I’m supporting Ambassador Boakai and Jeremiah Koung for the whole redemption of our nation.”
He harassed that the UP presidential candidate has integrity and would guarantee accountability within the governance strategy of the nation.
“Ambassador Boakai will unify this nation and convey everyone on board. He believes in inclusiveness or giving everyone the chance. He isn’t a vindictive particular person or a tribalist.”
“I labored with Ambassador Boakai when he was Vice President. I used to be on the Price range Committee and Professional Tempore Armah Jallah and I went to him to ask whether or not we should always enhance his price range when the nationwide price range was earlier than us. He (Boakai) mentioned ‘no, no one ought to foyer for my cash to be elevated. In reality, your go it simply because it was despatched by the chief or your cut back it.’ No one may have performed that.”
Mr. Johnson disclosed that for the 12 years served as President of the Liberian Senate, Ambassador Boakai didn’t additionally intrude with the workings of the assorted committees of that August Physique.
“Ambassador Boakai is just not energy greed, rogue, or killer. He doesn’t drink, go to membership or womanize. These are the sort of God-fearing leaders we’d like in Liberia. He’s not going to break our nation or run behind younger ladies or be in ghetto or resort. He’s accountable and he’s going to guide the nation in the appropriate type and method.”
He, nevertheless, known as on partisans and supporters of different political events to help Ambassador Boakai if Liberia is to be rescued from the Weah led-administration.
Mr. Johnson mentioned Liberia would slip again to the darkish days if residents are usually not cautious to vote correctly within the ensuing elections.
“Solely Ambassador Boakai is able to defeating George Weah democratically; no one else. We’ve to take this nation from the palms of the boys and put it in accountable palms to run our nation.”