Ex-Speaker Tyler to Challenge Sen. Johnson

Former Representative J. Alex Tyler served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 7, 2007 to September 27, 2016.

— But Sen. Johnson said Tyler’s will be violating the coalition’s law 

Former Speaker J. Alex Tyler, of the 53rd House of Representatives, has confirmed report that he will be challenging incumbent Senator of Bomi County, Sando Dazoe Johnson, in the 2020 senatorial elections.

With that confirmation, Johnson said Tyler’s desire to contend for the seat will be in violation of an agreement by members of the Coalition concerning claims to territory by institutional members of the Coalition in a given election. Sen. Sando Johnson, being a member of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) believes he is covered by the rule by virtue of the fact that both he and Tyler (Liberia People Democracy Party -LPDP) are members of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change comprises the Congress for Democratic Change, the NPP and the Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP).

Fifteen sitting senators, who were elected during the 2011 elections are seeking reelection in the midterm senatorial elections, scheduled in October, 2020.

Tyler, a former Bomi County District #2 Representative, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Friday, April 26, 2019, after the wake-keeping of the late Representative Adolph A. Lawrence, that he is certain of contesting the senatorial race in 2020.

Senator Sando Johnson said former Speaker Alex Tyler of the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) cannot venture or contest in Bomi County of which a sitting Senator is an executive member of the NPP and part of the coalition.

“Let me say I will be contesting the 2020 senatorial elections in Bomi County,… I will be challenging Senator Sando Johnson at the poll,” Tyler said, settling the speculations.

He is the political leader of the LPDP, and also member of the governing council of the ruling CDC.

Mr. Tyler added, “I am aware of Johnson being the sitting senator but, again, be aware that I have not lost election in my entire political life, and will not do so anytime. I contested the 2005 election, and was reelected 2011, and then the speakership two times. I’ve never lost in any election and will not do so in 2020.”

Between 2005 and 2012, Tyler participated in four elections, including the representative seat in 2005; reelected in 2011, and then elected to the speakership in 2007; and reelected in 2012.

He served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 7, 2007 to September 27, 2016. He is the second longest serving speaker next to the late House Speaker Richard Henries of the First Republic.

It may be recalled that 49 lawmakers, comprising two-thirds of the House of Representatives, affixed their signatures on a ‘resolution’ that unanimously removed Tyler as the speaker. The decision came in the aftermath of the row over the criminal indictment against him arising from the controversial Global Witness Report that cited bribery aimed at illegally tweaking Liberia’s public procurement law, an act which the former Speaker was denied.

Meanwhile, reacting to Mr. Tyler’s confirmation, Sen. Johnson told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that if the two go to the polls, Tyler will be violating the coalition’s agreement, which was notarized.

“No partisan of the Coalition has the right to contest in a district or county, which has been declared by another party of the coalition as their district or coalition with a sitting representative or senator,” Sen. Johnson said.

“Tyler of the LPDP cannot venture or contest in Bomi County of which a sitting Senator is an executive member of the NPP and part of the coalition,” Sen. Johnson said. “I am the national vice chairman for administration of the NPP, and so another Coalition partisan cannot challenge me in primary on the Coalition-NPP ticket.”


  1. Thank you former Speaker Tyler for announcing your much needed democratic move to drive this good for nothing Sando Johnson from that seat of our County. Sando, you should be ashamed of yourself to start crying behind “coalition” whatever, when the Liberian Constitution overrides everything. Start packing your things.

  2. What a farcical irony that June 7 protests’ senior firebrand Senator Sandolo Johnson feels unperturbed seeking immunity from challenge under the canopy of a COALITION which government he has joined others to not only unbelievably undermine, but by doing so, probably, pushing a postwar fragile country to the brink. My neighbor’s grandson would say, ““Grandpa, this other Honorable get bad bad ‘dry face’”.

  3. G. F. Moses,
    Your father’s comment, “let me hear in front” reminded me of my grandma. It was a comment she often made when I was a little guy. Now the most recent quote of “bad dry face” by your former neighbor’s grandson is even funnier. That’s because I have not heard the Liberian phrase “dry face” for a long time.

    Yap. I don’t know Alexander Taylor or Sando Johnson. I know a few “not-so-good controversial things about them. I can only say, “let them duke it out”. Bomi County residents need the least of two evils. But, the impending by-election will be juicier if our own no-nonsense guy Zoedjallah could enter the senatorial race. Zoedjallah has machismo. He’s vibrant. He’s younger and sharp-witted. There’s no question about that. Zoedjallah will call for a reduction of pay by all lawmakers. Even if he is unheeded by the government in terms of cutting the lawmakers’ pay in half, Zoedjallah will accept $5,000
    a month as opposed to $10,000 per month.

    Moses, I made a similar call for Kou Gontee to run for an elective office last week. I need your help. We need a breed of smart young men and women in the Lower and Upper Houses of the Liberian legislature.

    Zoedjallah, it’s my hope and prayer that you will not let us down. Do it for Liberia. Not for me.


  4. They all come from the walk of life in that country’s political leadership to lead them and bring about changes. But the question is ,can they actually bring about change based on their personal and political characters ? There are crooks in the House of laws , there are rebels in the House laws , there are grand jury inductees in the House of laws , there are actual killers in the House of laws . Isn’t that enough to add another grand jury indictee ? Or is that country’s social and political judgment based on who have never sin before , let him cast the first stone ? And they expect change ? What a country ?

  5. Mr. F. Hney

    Since the coming in of the Weah’s administration, I had been thinking and feeling much the same way like you do concerning the roles of the younger people in the development of Liberia. But quite frankly, I have begun to think otherwise lately for many compelling reasons.

    The government particularly the leadership is already suffused with the younger generation. So how much younger do they have to become before they can prove to the nation that they are truly capable to lead this fragile country and at this critical time?

    Please forgive me if I am sounding like I am inter-generationally prejudiced because I am not. However, in my opinion, recent events has now finally convinced a lot of people that entrusting the planning and management of both the natural and financial resources of the country; the reconstruction of its broken economic infrastructures; the maintenance of the fragile peace, and rekindling a sense of social cohesion in a nation that has become polarized as the result of a prolonged civil war, was a serious mistake.

    The dysfunction of ineptness in the core of our younger people today, can be partly attributed to the years of neglect on the part of the government for not allocating enough funds towards the transformation of an antiquated educational system. And so today we have many younger people occupying key and strategic positions in government but are unable to make the appropriate decisions when the challenges arise.

    It is a brilliant idea to have the younger people to rise up to the challenges facing the nation because they are full of vigor, energy and vitality; but what good is it if they are not prepared neither have the requisite education and core competencies to meet those challenges?

    Is sad to remark that time has caught up with us in comparison to where Liberia should be relative to the progress and the enviable record of good governance that many of her sister African states have achieved.

    What are your thoughts on this Brother Hney?

  6. The Liberian government is full of deplorables, rapists, murderers, thieves, fugitives from America and the list goes on so no surprises that an indicted criminal wants to run for office again. In fact, the speaker of the house is a fugitive, wanted in America. He cannot travel to the United States ever because he will be arrested.

  7. His Royal Courtesy, Mr. Right To Be Anonymous (Ritba),

    As usual, I read your comment with zest. In order for me to share my insight, I will give a few examples. The examples may not be the ne plus ultra, but a kind of understanding will be gained.

    When Obama ran for the presidency in 2008, his acceptance and popularity was enhanced by the youth or the millennials of America. There were other groups of people; for instance the X- Generation types and the Baby Boomers. But, the X-Generation and Baby Boomers were much older. The Millennials than and now felt very contemporaneous with Obama. The Millennials had a different way of thinking. They broke away from the older generation of Americans because of the time factor. That’s to say, as time changes, a generation of people and their attitudes change. In other words, the Millennials became more progressive rather than illiberal.

    Let’s look at Liberia for a second.
    First of all, you’ve stated accurately that the younger group of Liberians have been “caught up” with the issue of time. Unfortunately, the Liberian time factor was war. During the 14-year uncivil war, Liberians of all backgrounds suffered tremendously. Not only did the young men and women go through hell in order to survive, the country itself was badly impacted. The educated men and women who held governmental positions before the war, fled the country with their experience. Let’s call it the forced flight of human capital. Also during this time frame, the institutions of government crumbled. There was no civilization. Almost everything became pre-1847! In reality, a long-lasting damage was caused by the senseless uncivil war.

    The other problem that’s faced by some Liberians is the lack of educational work experience. During the ugly uncivil war, some Liberians pursued meaningful education in the diaspora. But at the same time, some Liberians who became educated and went home to serve in the governmant did not get any “on the job” training. Once it was announced that the war had ended and that Liberians were needed to go back home from the dusapora in order serve, some inexperienced Liberians took a non-stop flight to Riberts International. Of course, “some” of the educated, but, no-work- experience returnees were hardcore crooks. There was no way to discourage them from going home. No one knew what “some” of the educated returnees were up to. Now we know. They’re up to no good. And that’s sad.

    We need a younger, vibrant group of patriotic Liberians. A younger group of patriotic Liberians who will act completely different than some of the mediocre inexperienced people who are serving in the country today. Let’s be fair! Not all of the present crop of lawmakers or civil service employees are at their nadir. Some are very productive, educated and experienced.

    But we need a group of Liberian Millennials much like their American counterparts to redeem us. Mr. Right To Be Anonymous, James Citizen, Zoedjallah, James Davis, Chris Luke and a cadre of others are needed to serve in the development process of our country. It’s been a long time since we’ve been siloed in the 3rd world. Are we brainwashed with “business as usual”? Business as usual is a status quo thing. We need “business as of now”. Business as of now is being progressive.

    Mr. Right To Be Anonymous. Have I tried my best?

  8. correction…
    1. Should be comments, not comment. See tge first paragraph.

    Roberts International. Not Riberts International.

  9. James Citizen,
    I am not a Taylor acolyte. Neither will I be one in the other world. But, if it’s okay with you, could you tell us how Taylor became a fugitive in America? Also, are you aware of a country in this world that exists without deplorables, rapists, murderers, thieves and fugitives?

    James, maybe you live somewhere in this world where there’s perfect peace. Like you, I can’t stand deplorables, rapists, thieves or fugitives. If you let me know, I will come running.

    Hang in there brother.

  10. Bomi County is nobody’s farm where people claim ownership to Elect oral quagmire. This is sadden that two of the longest serving legislators can today think that the People of Bomi deserves the Backwardness of the our beloved county and think they will not pay for it 2020 will be hard lesson for the both them. There are well meaning Bomi Citizens that will not allow it “ no return” for these shameless politicians. Watch and see 2020 interplay .


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