Former Unity Party stalwart Musa Hassan Bility ended speculation about his political whereabouts when he announced, at a well-attended press conference in Monrovia yesterday, his allegiance to Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine’s Liberty Party.
This comes just 12 months to Liberia’s presidential and legislative elections in 2017.
Speaking yesterday during the official program marking his declaration of membership of the Liberty Party, Bility said Liberia has a thriving democracy in which someone of his status can willingly leave the ruling party and join an opposition party.
“Today I announce my decision to join the Liberty Party. After ten years, we have come of age as a country, where our country must progress and where democracy is thriving under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Bility said.
The former Unity Party stalwart indicated that Liberia has made significant gains in maintaining peace and nurturing the country’s democracy under the Unity Party government, which every Liberian must cherish and sustain.
Bility, who could not stop praising President Sirleaf, said Liberia faces another huge challenge where an era is coming to an end and another to begin.
“I don’t join a political party because I love an individual within that party,” he said, “I join a party because I am a stakeholder within the body politic of Liberia, having invested over US$50 million in the country’s economy.”
Bility noted that his decision to join the Liberty Party is based on the quality of its political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, and the many calls he had received from Cllr. Brumskine.
He added he joined LP not only because he believes that it will win the next election, but because it also has the leadership to govern Liberia.
“I came to this decision knowing the person that I want to trust and I’ve believed for a decade. I would never have joined the Liberty Party to risk everything if I never believe that the right strategy is being put in place by Cllr. Brumskine, the next President of Liberia. We have tried and tested him; therefore, it’s about time that we trust him with our country,” Bility noted.
Liberty Party National Chairman Benjamin Sanvee noted that anyone who thinks the party would not win the impending 2017 general and legislative elections should think again, because the party is fully prepared in terms of strategies and resources to emerge as winner.
“If, for whatever reason, you have in your mind that Liberty Party will not be formidable come 2017, or that you will have more logistics than us, then you have to think again,” Sanvee said.
He noted that the party would not allow itself to be taken by surprise, as it is prepared to respond to anyone who may attack its political leader.