The grand old True Whig Party (TWP) of Liberia has named Eric Olsen as its Standard Bearer to contest for the presidency in the coming elections.
The party also elected a corps of nine new officers headed by Reginald Goodridge, who until the convention has served as the party’s chairman.
Mr. Olsen’s was elected on a white ballot at the just-ended 36th National Convention of the party held in Ganta, Nimba County from May 26 – 27.
. In his opening statement earlier, however, chairman Goodridge said there were two candidates in the race from the onset of the convention, but one of them, Cllr. Winston Tubman, withdrew his candidacy.
Shortly after his election, Mr. Olsen told the jubilant partisans that he would introduce a style of leadership that will benefit the entire country. He did not elaborate.
He however promised to unify TWP’s partisans and bring every citizen on board so as to make the party great once again.
He told reporters that, if elected as President of Liberia, he will support the country becoming a Christian State.
The TWP is Liberia’s oldest political party which ruled for 132 years with William R. Tolbert, Jr. serving as its last president.
President Tolbert was assassinated in a military coup in 1980.
Since the overthrow of Tolbert, the TWP has never been active politically and most of their activities have been concentrated in Monrovia.
The Ganta Convention brought together a cross section of citizens believed to have come from across the country, but critics said most of the participants were recruited from Monrovia and transported to Ganta.