The Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP), according to its Chairman, Rep. Moses Y. Kollie, is expected today to sign an ‘Article of Collaboration’ to join forces with the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
“The decision to sign the Article of Collaboration is due to a resolution which was adopted by the national executive committee of the Party in its extraordinary session,” Chairman Kollie said.
Meanwhile, sources at the LPDP told the Daily Observer that the former stalwart of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, who recently joined the LPDP is tipped to become the standard bearer.
Dr. McIntosh parted company with the UP when he withdrew his candidacy against Vice President Joseph Boakai, prior to the holding of the ruling party’s last July convention in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Dr. McIntosh served as Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission and, prior to that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first Minister of Planning and later Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. McIntosh was a member of the Liberia Action Party, which collaborated with the Unity Party and the Liberia Unification Party that propelled Mrs. Sirleaf and the Unity Party to power.
Also, according to the LPDP chairman, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. J. Alex Tyler, has been unanimously selected as the Political Leader of the LPDP. Kollie told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that the decision was reached at an extraordinary session of the party’s National Executive Committee of the party on October 27.
“This action of the executive committee is intended to enhance the party’s preparation for the upcoming national elections,” Chairman Kollie, who is also Lofa County District # 5 Representative, said.
“The political leader’s mandates include, but are not limited to, to lead the party’s alliance building efforts, spearhead the fundraising program, and hold successful national primaries in order to elect the party’s standard bearer and also execute actions that are required to enable the party’s victory in the 2017 elections,” he said.