Liberia National Union (LINU), a political establishment certified by Liberia’s electoral body has named Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr. as its political leader.
According to a letter addressed to the National Elections Commission (NEC) which regulates political parties and conducts public elections across the country, Blama assumed the post through a resolution adopted and signed by “over 25 LINU executive committee members” including the chairman and secretary general.
LINU, he said, was requesting NEC’s acknowledgement of the party’s decision to confer the title of Political Leader on Mr. Blama.”
As party leader, Blama one of Blama’s key roles is to ” assist the executive committee in the search for eminent individuals and citizens who may be desirous of contesting for standard bearer-ship and other national offices on the party’s ticket prior to the party’s 2017 national convention leading it into an alliance with other political parties with shared commitment to the nation and its people, the letter read.
According to the resolution, a copy of which is in the possession if this paper, LINU executives said they made the decision based on the “invaluable contributions Blama has made to the party and people.”
“The time seems prudent to elevate this illustrious son of the party to its leadership.
Jerome Billy Joss, and Aaron S. N. Wesseh, secretary general and national chairman said.
In a post acceptance interview, Blama told the Daily Observer that “reaching out to other parts of the country and building political alliances with regional forces including the opposition and ruling parties are the new ideas he brings to the job.
According to him, LINU must be recognized and accepted as a vibrant and cardinal opposition before it can be sold to other regional politicians.
He noted that shifting the direction of the party to a more, “robust and proactive political establishment” remains the paramount objective of his leadership.
LINU is the former party of Cllr. Winston Tubman, who attempted running on its ticket in the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections, but ended up with the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of footballer and now Senator, George Oppong Weah.
The party gained notoriety when it expelled Cllr. Tubman just before the 2011 elections.
Blama is a former employee of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contested on LINU’s ticket in the December 2014 Special Senatorial Election.