A former stalwart of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, officially declared his intention to join the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) formed by recused House Speaker J. Alex Tyler.
During a ceremony held at the LPDP’s headquarters in Sinkor over the weekend, Dr. McIntosh promised to bring over to LPDP his supporters, campaigners and friends to the party to ensure that it succeeds in the 2017 elections in order to build a better Liberia.
Dr. McIntosh parted company with the UP when he withdrew his candidacy against Vice President Joseph Boakai, prior to the holding of the party’s July convention in Gbarnga, Bong County.
“Today is a right day for me, because I have taken the right decision to join the LPDP, thereby denouncing my membership with the governing Unity Party,” Dr. McIntosh declared.
He continued, “I bring to you, chairman and members of this great party, not only a broad base of supporters, but also a high sense of dedication, strong commitment, resourcefulness and determination towards attaining victory in the 2017 elections to build a better Mama Liberia.”
He said his decision to join the LPDP is intended to bring thousands of voters over to the party.
He expressed gratitude to the party’s executive members and other stalwarts for welcoming him with open arms.
LPDP National Chairman Moses Y. Kollie said Dr. McIntosh’s decision to join the party represents another milestone in the party’s history.
He assured Dr. McIntosh of the party leaders’ commitment and willingness to work with every Liberian, including McIntosh and his followers.
Kollie said the LPDP is a unique institution that has the capacity to attract more individuals of Dr. McIntosh’s caliber.
“We are proud to receive such a great person like Dr. McIntosh, who is the nation’s foremost civil servant, scholar, educator and a man with international experience,” said Kollie.
Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh served as Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s first Minister of Planning. He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. McIntosh was a member of the Liberia Action Party, which collaborated with the Unity Party and the Liberia Unification Party that propelled Mrs. Sirleaf and the Unity Party to power.
He was identified as a possible contender for the 2017 presidency, under the Unity Party. Before President Sirleaf publicly gave her support to Vice President Joseph Boakai, it was rumored that Dr. Mclntosh had won the President’s support to be the next UP standard-bearer.
When he did not get the President’s support, he immediately parted company with Unity Party.