Lafayette Orishall Gould, chairman of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), has described as “unfortunate and disrespectful” a recent statement attributed to Liberty Party (LP) standard bearer Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine against Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
“For Mr. Brumskine to denigrate the office of the Vice President is quite unfortunate,” Gould told reporters over the weekend in Monrovia.
“I think the office of the Vice President is sacred, meaning it is revered; and therefore, must be respected by all at any given time. It needs to be respected. For God’s sake, the Vice President remains the country’s #2, not because he is contesting in the upcoming elections.”
Cllr. Brumskine recently described as “nonsense” the Vice President’s comments regarding public concerns and pronouncements that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was clandestinely supporting his presidential bid, and not Vice President Boakai’s. Boakai had earlier maintained that President Sirleaf was supporting Brumskine’s presidential bid rather than supporting her Unity Party candidate.
Gould said as a leader of an opposition political party, Brumskine’s clarity on issues should be done with utter regards, most especially for the office of the Vice President.
Meanwhile, the ANC is expected to go the convention today, Thursday, March 30, to symbolically elect its standard bearer, who will lead the party to the October polls.
For that, the party says it has invited over 583 delegates from across the country to elect the standard bearer, and that the chosen presidential nominee will later name his running mate.
Chairman Gould said the ANC has received one application for the standard bearer post, and that individual is Alexander B. Cummings, the man that has been bankrolling its activities and is publically named and known as its political leader.