Ambassador Nathaniel Milton Barnes has officially crossed carpet from the Liberia Destiny Party (LDP) to the Free Democratic Party (FDP), one of the two political parties that is currently part of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC).
“Considering the proliferation of political parties in our fledgling democracy, rather than challenging the decertification of my original party, Liberia Destiny Party (LDP), or seeking to establish yet another political party, I thought it wise to associate myself with an existing organization whose ideology, goals and objectives are extremely compatible with my vision for Liberia as we approach 2017,” Barnes told reporters over the weekend.
Initially, seven political parties combined to organize the NDC for effective participation in the 2011 presidential elections. However, the NDC now consists of the two parties that were most determined to build a lasting coalition, namely the Free Democratic Party and the New DEAL Movement.
In addition to the shared view that Liberian political parties could benefit from more mergers, Ambassador Barnes says he is impressed by the NDC ideology of social democracy, which is the combination of political freedom and economic justice.
According to him, the role of government is to empower the people socially, politically and economically so that they may have an integral part to play in their own destiny.
Ciapha Saah Gbollie, the vice chairman of the NDC, who received Ambassador Barnes into the NDC said, “We welcome you into our institution as he brings tremendous value through his experience, knowledge and vision especially as reflected in his covenant with Liberians. We look forward to the contribution of his leadership ability within our ranks.”
For his part, Professor Alaric K. Tokpa, chairman, said NDC is striving to bring together well-meaning, professional and nationalistic Liberians in preparation for the 2017 presidential and legislative election.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tokpa has disclosed that the NDC will participate in the 2017 elections at all levels.