PYJ: ‘I Cannot Go Under Brother Urey’

“God forbid! Senator Johnson is a reputable man.”

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The political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson (PYJ), has said his party will not attend any convention under the newly formed coalition with the All Liberian Party (ALP) and Liberia National Union (LINU), until the necessary required modalities are worked out to determine who heads the coalition as standard bearer.

“I cannot go under Brother Urey (Benoni Urey); he is a good man, but politically, I have been tested and proven, and my principle must stand. My character and integrity will be at stake if I ever went under him,” said PYJ in an ELBC Radio interview in Monrovia yesterday evening.

He maintained that going to a convention with the ALP leader will be unnecessary, “because he has money, and he would use his money to influence or coerce anybody to go to convention and defeat me. The New Elections Law says when you are with a party and form a coalition, and are beaten, you cannot go independent. So I am smart, and very brilliant. Everything will be settled out here before the next course of action.”

Senator Johnson said the technical team of the coalition will first be put together with the task to determine who gets to be standard bearer.

He added, “Because you may have the money, but you may not have the people.”

Johnson recalled how other politicians such as former contestants including Varney G. Sherman (2005), Clemenceau Urey (2009) and Robert Sirleaf (2014), were all recently defeated by their respective opponents, “because they lacked the numbers with all their money.”

Meanwhile, PYJ urged his fellow presidential aspirants to be moderate when dealing with national issues or any individual, warning that the period for castigating others is over and that it is about time to reconstruct the country.

“That cannot happen when we don’t reconcile. Let bygones be bygones for us to move forward and build a vibrant Liberia,” he added.

He disclosed that he has intelligence that the likes of LINU leader Augustine Blama will likely be compromised, even if he goes to convention with equal number of delegates, “so I am not going to a convention believing that it is going to be free and fair, because they will want to knock me out anyway. For that I maintain my posture.”

PYJ emphasized that a ticket with Urey as a running mate is not a bad idea; and that he is confident of winning one round. “If he comes second to me, we would have to put down the garment of pride and put on the garment of humility; but if they don’t agree, we will still maintain our friendship and brotherhood,” he added.

Asked if his current stance means the coalition is finished, Senator Johnson said: “I told them before, but they were hasty with this thing, the facilitators were hurrying up…you know ‘hurry, hurry burst trousers.’ I told them that we need to get certain things straight down because I don’t want to affix my signature to this document and back off at a later date, because you cannot tell me to go under Brother Urey and I say yes.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Johnson has denied what he described as ‘Facebook stories’ that he has received US$150,000 as an inducement to be Mr. Urey’s vice, adding, “God forbid! Senator Johnson is a reputable man.”

26 COMMENTS

  1. Since according to the straight – talking Nimba County Senior Senator, Hon. Prince Yormie Johnson, “numbers” not “money” determine popularity, hence, electability, he should leave the decision of who leads in the hands of conventioneers of both parties to the merger.

    Solo pronouncements like his undermine the efficacy of mergers; for heaven’s sake, let the common good of the coalition prevail. Needless to ask, haven’t we seen enough of the shameful outcome of pride, arrogance, and vanity from EJS?

  2. The ink has not even dried on this other MOU and already it is estranged or rupturing under its own impudence? Quite characteristic of the many other petty ambitions erected on various versions of self-centered flagpoles intended to what, deceive us? Like humpty dumpty, “they will learn,” and the hard way at that. One by one. …Carpe diem!

  3. PYJ is right. The convention is only to endorse and confirm, not to elect the head.

    If Mr Urey is smart and loves his country, let him be the second on the ticket. This serious business; drop the bluff.

    Both of you are a formidable duo.

  4. It is very frustrating to see so many political parties and veteran politicians vying a single post……to become president of a small war-torn country called Liberia. The amalgamation (combining) of some of these political parties will save our country time and resources from going through lengthy and expensive runoff process. By no means am I advocating for a one-party state or two-party state!

    The proliferation of so many small political parties in a small war-torn country like Liberia has created a sense of presidential entitlement by some of these parties’ leaders. Their refusal to join other political parties unless they are the standard bearer is becoming obnoxious and self-centered. Let the people in these parties have the “freedom to choose” their leaders instead of the leaders dictating their will unto the people of these various parties.

    As Friedrich Hayek, an Austrian-British economist and philosopher said,
    “Our freedom of choice in a competitive society rests on the fact that, if one person refuses to satisfy our wishes, we can turn to another. But if we face a monopolist we are at his absolute mercy.” Let the Liberian people have the freedom to choose their leaders!

  5. Is PYJ serious to be president of LIBERIA? If this was possible, it would take LIBERIA 100 years to recover from the negative impart. Please pray to elect leaders especially the next president of Liberia based on qualifications not tribal loyalty, or native-congou requirement.

  6. This PYJ, Urey and Blamah merger is on the verge of collapsing in as much as Senator Johnson is demanding the flagbearer position for the coalition.In a Democratic process there should be election or mutual arrangement by written document accepted and attested by both parties.But it doesn’t show good sign if one person in the merger is making unreasonable demand.We expect that the terms and conditions outlined in the merger document are the best instrument to follow and obey.

  7. I would like to use this public forum to extend my gratitude to Senator Johnson for giving Mr. Urey a rude awakening, and I hope you accrued some political token, in the process. Mr. Urey is a fellow who amassed wealth at our expense, and has been masquerading as philanthropist, therefore Sen. Johnson’s stance against an unscrupulous fellow like Urey is laudable.

  8. Mr. Kweme, PYJ is not right. If he, Prince Johnson feels that he is that popular, let him leave it with the conventioneers(people at the convention) to decide who should be their leader. But running away from the convention will not help him at all. If he can not win at a simple convention, how can he win the presidency?

  9. Good question Katakata, If he cannot win at a less than 2000 convention attendees, than how he thinks he will win over 4-M people. I don’t know why people just think any body can become president of Liberia, when there are other things that one could do to make Liberia a better place.

  10. Mr. Kweme,
    what is the purpose of the convention, how do you proposal for someone to head a party when there are more than one head. The coalition will bring every body together and than the people of the coalition will elect someone as their standard bearer, I think that how I understand it. So Mr. Johnson will either stand by the decision that will be taken at the convention, or form another coalition, where he will be the standard bearer if things don’t go his way. (Liberia has become elephant Meat)

    • Dr. Johnson, there is nothing like a serious convention around here anymore, because most these processes are merely stage-managed. Senator Johnson fell prey to such arrangement in Nimba, in 2005, but later won the seat during the general elections, as an independent candidate. In about 99.9% of these conventions, the presidential aspirants run unopposed. Examples of those stage-managed conventions are; 1. The ANC Convention
      2. The CDC Convention 3. The Liberty Party convention etc etc

      • Mr. Bamakpa,
        you are comparing orange and apple. The example you gave did not have a coalition, these are three political party, whereas you have three groups that have come together to form a union, so to have a head of that union, some kind of vote will have to be taken, even if out of the three, an agreement is made for someone to be first and second.

  11. Prince Johnson need to be arrested.he is a criminal #1.there is under no circumstances he will be a president of Liberia.

  12. The lunacy of these a-holes. Our ppl die like fire ants in the dried season, yet we allow murderers to fight over who gets the privilege to lead us! Lib doesn’t need God, it needs the ppl to get angry with vengeance.

  13. Mr. Prince Johnson, you do not have the credentials to be a president. You only have credentials to be senator for Nimba County period! So stop believing that you can become a president of Liberia.

  14. If Sen. Johnson is actually insisting on been the flag bearer of this formational collation, the need to have him shall cogently be consider.

  15. Just what I told people the other day that the new coalition will fracture because of ego because Prince Johnson will not agree to go second to Urey.

    PYJ is threatening the viability of the coalition by making demands before the Convention.

    The purpose of Convention is to elect leaders not select leaders. If you have three parties coming together, obviously there is a natural competition for leadership of that coalition and that means election.

    Making demand to be the default leader before Convention is dictatorship.

    In essence, that coalition is dead on arrival. He has gotten what he wanted and is out of the Coalition just as I said .

  16. Before any merger of political parties or any other groups, something must happen first as a guard or
    a due diligence. Each of the group must have found in each other certain principles and characters that
    you like will obtain when merged. Senator Johnson’s outburst after the merger with Benoni Urey’s ALP
    further makes him known as someone who lack the political will and simple wisdom to know what he is
    in. In fact, I think Mr. Urey agreed to join Mr. Johnson out of necessity. Now, he has his answer.
    I think Mr. Prince Y. Johnson still think that he can not be prosecuted for the war crimes and crimes
    against humanity. He is mistakenly indeed!

  17. Before any merger of political parties or any other groups, something must happen first as a guard or
    a due diligence. Each of the group must have found in each other certain principles and characters that
    you like will obtain when merged. Senator Johnson’s outburst after the merger with Benoni Urey’s ALP
    further makes him known as someone who lack the political will and simple wisdom to know what he is
    in. In fact, I think Mr. Urey agreed to join Mr. Johnson out of necessity. Now, he has his answer.
    I think Mr. Prince Y. Johnson still think that he can not be prosecuted for the war crimes and crimes
    against humanity. He is mistaken indeed!

  18. This time we should elect a new president that will have Liberian at heart,it’s very shameful to behave like kids and our neighbors laughed at us.As Africa oldest independent country let practice good democracy and again this is not football field be careful.

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