The Liberty Party (LP) has termed as “untrue and reckless” a statement by an executive member of the Unity Party (UP), accusing LP’s political leader, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, of begging to become a running mate to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The LP says the statement is also “irresponsible” and argued that its political leader, “will not beg” to become a running mate to any candidate including the Vice President, who is yet to be the candidate for the UP.
Cllr. Fonati Koffa, LP Chairman, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday at his Law office in Monrovia, that he was responding to a widely publicized report, quoting Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, alleging that Cllr. Brumskine is “begging the Vice President to be his running mate in 2017.”
“I think it was a reckless statement on the part of the Gender Minister. It is untrue and reckless,” Cllr. Koffa stated.
The LP Chairman said regarding the idea of forming a coalition with other opposition parties and coming up with a single candidate, only the executive members of the party can make such decisions.
Since the establishment of the LP in 2005, it has always fielded a candidate in the presidential election, and would do same in the pending 2017 elections, Koffa pointed out.
Cllr. Koffa said the party would remain a significant development in the Liberian body politic, and is hoping for a smooth transition resulting from the 2017 elections.
The LP Chair has meanwhile given “passing grades” to the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led administration for its performance since taking the reins of government 10 years ago.
He explained that government has scored a “C” in two indicators-youth empowerment and development, and the fight against corruption, while it has scored a “B” in the security sector.
The LP Chairman said he preferred providing “No Grade (NG)” for the remaining indicators, judiciary, health, education and economy, arguing that the government is “doing her best.”
It can be recalled that Cllr. Brumskine, who ran in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections and lost both times, said he failed because he did not effectively communicate his vision for the country.
This time around, Brumskine said he is running to bring about reconciliation, reform, rebuilding and recovery.
He said he and other opposition candidates should come together to stop what he called the “hegemony” of the ruling UP from wining its third consecutive presidential election.
“I am running because we do have a vision to lead our country and a commitment to serve our people. Our vision is based on what we call the ‘4 Rs,’ meaning reconciliation, reform, rebuilding, and recovery,” said Brumskine.