Businessman Musa Hassan Bility has been appointed as Chairman of the Liberty Party’s Campaign Committee, according to the party’s political leader Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine.
The decision over the weekend in Monrovia followed a meeting by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Accepting the appointment, Mr. Bility, who is also the president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), expressed appreciation to Cllr. Brumskine and the Executive Committee for the appointment and promised to apply “my full time and energy to ensure that Liberty Party succeeds.”
Mr. Bility played a pivotal role in the two consecutive victories of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the same capacity, and he is expected to go beyond that for the Liberty Party.
Meanwhile, former Commerce Minister Madam Cora Peabody was also appointed as the Campaign’s Executive Director.
Madam Peabody, like Mr. Bility, is charged with the responsibility of holding close consultations with other stakeholders of the party and the NEC to complete the structure of the Liberty Party’s campaign to include religious, regional and other diversities.
Mr. Bility several months ago crossed over from Unity Party to Liberty Party, having, according to him, served the purpose of his association with the ruling Unity Party under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Many political actors say if the strong unity of the Islamic community is a yardstick to gauge Mr. Bility’s role as a politician, then he may sway thousands of people to support Liberty Party in Cllr. Brumskine’s contest for the presidency in October.
On the football arena, Bility seems to have won their confidence as a leader without compare, as he has been president of the LFA since 2011.
“Though President Ellen Johnson’s government has been supportive,” said a member of the LFA Executive Committee, “the fact that the Liberian government does not provide money to support the national league is one drawback.
“Therefore Bility now has the opportunity to tell presidents of 12 first and 14 second division clubs, as well as other divisions throughout the country with their large membership, to give him the support so that after their successful victory at the polls, the new government may provide money for the league and increase the national football team’s annual budget that is now US$250,000.”