The Bong County Chapter of the governing Unity Party (UP) has overwhelmingly endorsed Cuttington University (CU) President, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa as its candidate for the ensuing special senatorial election in October.
Dr. Tokpa won with 16 out of the 22 delegates over the county’s former Superintendent, Rannie B. Jackson. Mr. Jackson surprisingly left the process unnoticed at the peak of last Friday’s primary held in Gbarnga City.
However, according to the secretary general of the party’s county branch, Arthur Bestman, one of the contestants, Jefferson Gbeyan, a former UP executive for the party’s Bong County Senatorial slot, pulled out of the race due to what he referred to as the ‘partial role’ of the party’s Chairman.
Mr. Gbeyan was alleged to have reportedly served as a campaign manager for Mr. Jackson.
At the end of the primary, Jackson-who also resigned his post as Deputy Minister for Operations at the Ministry of Internal Affairs just before the primary in Bong County, attributed his defeat to his lack of knowledge on the national delegates of the UP. These included the senior national vice chairman for Inter-governmental Affairs, Isaac Mannah, two of UP lawmakers from the county, two members of the national women, two members of the national youth congress, and a member of the national secretariat.
Jackson also complained about the absence of two representatives of the women congress of Bong County- Mrs. Esther Wonnie and Madam Viola Cooper, issue the party could not take responsibility of.
Secretary General Bestman described the process as “free and fair” despite the “walk-out” staged by former Superintendent Jackson and five of his voters, among them the party’s district coordinators.
He described as “Unfortunate” Mr. Jackson’s decision to castigate the party’s primary in the media as “unfair,” when he (Jackson), according to Bestman, was fully abreast of the Party’s By-Laws and Constitution.
The UP Bong County Secretary General informed this paper that Dr. Henrique F, Tokpa’s name has now been forwarded to the National Executive Committee as the party’s Bong County Senatorial Candidate in the Special Senatorial election scheduled for October this year.