Angie Dopoe, the embattled City Mayor of Bahn, Nimba County, and others who are now in opposition and without government jobs, may have a long time to gnash their teeth, as Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) has clearly informed them of the need to sit aside.
Senator Johnson spoke in a Daily Observer exclusive interview on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, shortly after Reverend Hananiah Zoe, the political leader of the defunct Liberia Educational Development Party, officially crossed carpet to the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).
Sen. Johnson said it is time for Madam Dopoe and others to stop crying foul after leaving government jobs.
“You have been there for long, and have eaten enough. Now is our time to do what we believe is in the best interest of this country,” he said.
Sen. Johnson said once there is a regime change in the governance of the country, it is good for everyone to accept that everything has to change too.
“Government change, everything else change. That person over there (referring to the embattled city mayor) is at the mercy of we the ruling party,” he said.
Johnson said that the decision of the Weah-led government today is to determine what kind of future the country is assured of tomorrow.
Sen. Johnson said that Madam Dopoe has, however, a chance to continue her job, but through a respectful means, “because she is at the mercy of we the ruling party. If she comes positively and appeal, we can consider her but, when she is aggressive by going behind the opposition members to force us into allowing her maintain power, I will remove her. I have that power, because the President has given it to me. I am very close to the President,” he said.
He said other than politics, Weah is his son as well as an in-law, “because my feet are firmly rooted to support Weah since he is my in-law. My wife is from Weah’s county of origin [Grand Kru] and, as such, it is my responsibility to help him succeed,” Sen. Johnson said.
In addition to Weah, the senator also said that all the legislators from the Southeast, including Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff, Representative Fonati Koffa, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, and Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie, are his very close friends to whom he owes unflinching support and an undiluted loyalty.
Sen. Johnson’s assertion came following Madam Dopoe’s allegation that he and Nimba Electoral District #7 Representative, Roger Domah, are usurping Executive functions, which are solely ascribed to the office of the President.
Madam Dopoe is concerned about not only losing her mayor post, but fears that her life is at risk in case she opts to remain in Nimba for now.
Rep. Domah, on the other hand, debunked Dopoe’s accusation of attempting to take her job away from her. He clarified to the Daily Observer recently that he has, at no point in time, interfered with an executive matter unless called on to give an input where necessary.
Domah said that Dopoe is, by extension, his sister to whom he owes a lot, including job opportunity, once it is within his reach.
In a related development, Wilfred Bangura, MDR’s secretary-general, said the party is poised to continue the political marriage with Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for 12 years, but on condition that the government’s first six years are properly used to elevate the living standards of the Liberian people.
“We are an institution dedicated to change for the good. Therefore, if the CDC, to whom we are married now, sees reason and delivers on its campaign promises, it is possible that we can continue until 2030,” Bangura said.
He said Liberians have yearned for change for so long, and now is the time they should reap the dividends.
“Change is what we all are working for now, but as life in its truest sense is, change comes but amid challenges. We call on our fellow citizens to be patient as we seek all the necessary support for the implementation of government’s agenda,” Bangura admonished.
He said after President Weah’s presumed 12-year rule, the MDR will launch its own political revolution in 2030, so as to bring a new dynamism to the running of the country.
“As far as it stands out in our current political terrain, the MDR is the second most popular and distinguished political institution. We demonstrated our value in 2017 when we aligned with the CDC, which is now the ruling party,” Mr. Bangura said.
He added that the political wealth and experience Sen. Johnson has is indisputably the most vital concession any other political actor in Liberia wishes to be associated with.
“Three consecutive elections, I mean 2005, 2011 and 2017, have proven that Sen. Johnson is no underdog politician. He has always determined who becomes president by strategically campaigning for votes not only in Nimba, but in many parts of our country,” Bangura said.
It has been established, as espoused (backed) by Sen. Johnson, that his MDR is in a power sharing deal with the CDC. Additionally, the Daily Observer has gathered, his benefit is to nominate 65 percent of all appointments in Nimba as CDC spearheads the governance of the country.