More than 60 youth, including the Montserrado County District#2 Coordinator of the “Friends of Mills Jones” (FOJ) last Friday joined the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Alexander Cummings.
Dr. Jones is the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).
Declaring their support to the ANC at the party’s Sinkor headquarters in Monrovia, Lincoln B. Kpan, FOJ’s former chairman, said they see light at the end of the tunnel in Cummings and the ANC, “because of the party’s platform on human resource development, equal rights and justice for every Liberian.” Cummings was, however, not present at the declaration ceremony.
According to Kpan, since the establishment of MOVEE as a political institution, “There has been no structure and some partisans are leaving the party.”
Kpan assured his new party of his logistical and financial support to work exceedingly to ensure victory for the ANC in October.
Meanwhile, FOJ said it has no control over anyone leaving or remaining with the organization. “Our friendship with Dr. Jones is not by force, so anyone can leave or join,” an FOJ official told the Daily Observer.
Jeremiah S. Swen, ANC acting secretary general, who accepted the group on behalf of the party, lauded the former FOJ district#2 members for “Their giant step in the right direction.”
“A decision that will help to transform Liberia under the ANC led government,” Swen said, adding that ANC partisans need to work together, if the party wants to win the October elections.
“Today, you are joining the ANC, and we ask you to work with the mind of unity and to see yourself as the vehicle, the agent and the brain that will transform the nation under the ANC government that will make Liberians to experience greatness and major transformation.”
In reaction, MOVEE’s assistant director of media relations, Robert Sammie, said every Liberian of voting age has the free choice to join or leave a party.
“In October, the National Elections Commission final whistle will obviously declare MOVEE the winner of the elections, so no one should be misled that people are leaving the party,” Sammie declared in a brief mobile phone interview.