Sen. Lawrence claims CDC pulled 25 percent of Liberty Party crowd
Grand Bassa County Senator and Liberty Party (LP) stalwart Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence has said the recent opposition Coalition for Democratic Change’s (CDC) visit to Buchanan will not change the resolve of Bassonians to overwhelmingly support Cllr. Charles Brumskine and his vice standard bearer, Harrison Karnwea at next week’s polls.
Sen. Lawrence, in an interview with this newspaper yesterday, said that as a matter of fact, “the CDC is not a factor in Bassa as far as this election goes; and if there is any, it is minimal. My party is sure of taking 125,000 of the over 140,000 registered voters in the county.”
Thousands of CDC partisans stormed Buchanan last Saturday to celebrate the 51st birthday of standard bearer Senator George Weah which, according to reports, was characterized by merry-making coupled with political speeches.
However, Sen. Lawrence, who chairs the Senate Committee on Post and Telecommunications, said the crowd the CDC pulled were partisans who followed Sen. Weah from Monrovia and neighboring areas, and former supporters of Representative Gabriel Smith who are now pledging allegiance to CDC representative candidate Matthew Joe, a former Liberty partisan who abandoned the LP when he was not nominated at the party’s primary.
Sen. Lawrence clarified that although CDC will receive support at the district level elections, “majority of those voters will, as a matter of the party’s tradition, vote for Cllr. Brumskine in the presidential race.”
As in Grand Bassa, Sen. Lawrence said Liberty Party received a similar overwhelming endorsement from partisans in neighboring River Cess County.
Speaking on the chances of Rep. Gabriel Smith returning to the Capitol, Lawrence said most Liberty partisans are finding it difficult to support Smith, who has been on the Hill for 18 years.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lawrence described the turnout during the recent Liberty Party Grand Bassa County launch in Buchanan as the largest since 2005, and that unlike those two electoral periods (2005 and 2011) when the party won the county, the voters are definite in their decision to help their kinsman for the third time.
With respect to the LP’s chances of capturing the refurbished Executive Mansion, Sen. Lawrence said that her party is going all out to make it to the second round, “because the final stage is going to be a fight to the finish line.”