The Unity Party (UP) contender in the highly anticipated race for President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate has said that as a rational person, he deserves the right to leave his party if that institution fails to support him.
Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper disclosed that he had held meetings with some executives of the UP, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, but no declaration of support has been extended him by the UP as a party.
Speaking during a morning radio talk show yesterday at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Senator Cooper said he is going into the race as a UP candidate, and expects that the executive committee of the party will help to ensure that their executive member wins the race.
“But in the instance where I am left to fend for myself, win or lose, as a rational man, I deserve the right to leave the Unity Party; it means the party no longer has confidence in me.”
Senator Cooper observed that the UP, which he has worked hard to support, now seems to be throwing its weight behind a non-partisan in such an important race.
The Margibi lawmaker who chairs the committee on Public Works, confirmed rumors that President Sirleaf is supporting the Sinoe County lawmaker and Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Nagbe.
Senator Cooper declared during the talk show that though he is a UP partisan, he carries on his shoulders an independent and objective mind that is always willing to collaborate with the other two branches of government in the interest of the common people.
If elected, Senator Cooper promised to ensure that departments within the Capitol Building, including janitors receive their allotments as budgeted for.
He decried the demeaning condition of the LBS, and assured the staff that when the 2015/2016 national budget hearings are held, whether or not he is elected Pro Tempore, he will lobby with his colleagues in both Houses of the Legislature for a more reasonable budget for LBS.
In a separate development, the bloc supporting the candidacy of Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Jallah for Pro Tempore yesterday clarified that Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif remains a staunch member of the ‘Majority Bloc.’
The Daily Observer yesterday reported that one of the most powerful campaigners for the Armah Jalla bloc Senator Doe-Sherif, had been caught up in the recruiting net of President Sirleaf, who has thrown her support behind Senator Joseph Nagbe.
The election of the Pro Tempore goes ahead on Thursday, February 12, in line with the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate.