A founding member of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, has announced his resignation from that party, and disclosed that he has now moved to the All Liberian Party (ALP), with an already well furnished office at its headquarters.
Speaking on a local talk show yesterday, Senator Johnson said he tendered his letter of resignation last Thursday, having announced weeks ago that he had suspended his membership with the NPP, which recently signed a coalition with Congress for Democratic Change and the Liberian People’s
Democratic Party of former House Speaker Alex Tyler.
The forceful chairman of the Senate Committee on Concessions said the ceremony for his membership with the ALP will soon be held at an elaborate program in Tubmaburg, Bomi County, with his new party’s political leader, Benoni Urey, himself a former NPP partisan, in attendance.
Senator Johnson, who previously served NPP as vice president for administration, said his decision to sever relations with the party was prompted by failure of the national executive committee (NEC) members to include him when taking major decisions at the detriment of ordinary partisans.
Johnson cited the refusal of the party’s NEC to continue an open dialogue for the inclusion of other opposition political parties on the now seemingly sealed three-party Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The former executive committee made specific reference to a clause in the coalition’s document that gives the Congress for Democratic Change of Senator George Manneh Weah the power to nominate the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
“Those are the two most important positions in the coalition,” Sen. Johnson argued. “If the decision to choose them is allotted to the CDC, what role will the NPP play?”
Senator Johnson said he moved to the ALP because it was one of the parties that the NPP, prior to the Ganta opposition parties’ conference, was already holding discussions with and encouraging to be part of a bigger merger or coalition of the opposition.