Just two months after joining the Liberty Party (LP), Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn has withdrawn his membership from the party and has announced crossing over to the governing Unity Party (UP).
Dr. Dahn, deputy director-general of the National Commission on Higher Education, is an aspirant for the representative seat of Buuyao Electoral District #5 in Nimba County.
In his letter dated April 17 and addressed to the LP secretary-general, Jacob Smith, Dr. Dahn wrote: “I wish to … officially withdraw my membership and those of my followers from the party with immediate effect.”
Mr. Smith has meanwhile welcomed Dr. Dahn’s decision, saying, “This is all about democracy, especially for a party that believes in the free will of all irrespective of party affiliation.”
According to Dr. Dahn, however, his decision to quit the LP is based on the common maxim, “A wise man changes.”
It can be recalled that on February 11 this year, Dr. Dahn led over 5,000 individuals from several quarters of vote-rich Nimba County to join the LP.
“But regrettably,” said Dr. Dahn, “our earlier prediction or probability that the LP would prove to be a party of inclusiveness and ability to champion national reconciliation seem not to have fallen on fertile ground, given the early negative warning and politically unfavorable signs.”
He said the LP has and continues to levy serious criticisms against the UP, especially against Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, “most of which are baseless.”
Dr. Dahn said, “LP political leader Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine’s use of an undiplomatic word like ‘nonsense’ against the sitting vice president is quite troubling.”
Furthermore, Dr. Dahn said the lack of persuasive and compelling arguments why Cllr. Brumskine wants to be the President of Liberia is extremely disturbing.
“Brumskine’s declaration that the time for the people of Grand Bassa County has come and that he wants to eat ‘dumboy’ in the Executive Mansion should not be the sole reason to come to power. In my mind, such an ethnocentric utterance disqualifies him for national leadership. It also seems to me that Mr. Brumskine appears to be someone who will not champion national reconciliation urgently needed in our country,” Dahn said.
“In view of the above,” he said, “I write to immediately tender my resignation and those of my followers from the Liberty Party; but we will see at the October polls.”