‘Sirleaf, Boakai Must Give Way’

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Amidst reports that he has thrown in his weight behind the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Nimba County’s ‘political ‘godfather’ Prince Y. Johnson has now announced that he has deposited US$10,000 for the formation of new political party.

The Nimba County Lawmaker, a former member of Unity Party, who went solo during the 2005 elections, maintained that as president, he will endeavor to reconstruct the government, “because the current government is too corrupt and has become a vampire as admitted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”

“I still maintain that both President Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai together must now see the need to give way to a new leadership that will be willing to put stop to vices that are depriving our citizens (of their) fair dividends of the country’s natural resources,” he stated.

Senator Johnson in a phone interview with this newspaper last week, denied a statement by his kinsman, Representative Matenokay Tingba, that he (Sen. Johnson) was now supporting Vice President Boakai for the post of President in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.

“Rep. Tingba must not use his campaign of tribal divide to say that I have endorsed the candidacy of Ambassador Boakai. As a senior politician of Nimba County, I have not met with Boakai, so I don’t know where Tingba got his report from,” Senator Johnson said.

Senator Johnson emphasized that as chairman for recruitment and mobilization for Vice President Boakai, Lawmaker Tingba deliberately left out all the big names of the county, who he said belonged to all of the more than five tribes that call Nimba County home.

Senator Johnson said: “I have deposited US$10,000 in preparation of my new party, which will be called the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).”

In a recent discussion with a local radio station in Monrovia, and published by this newspaper, Rep. Tingba disclosed that as a result of discussions he held with his kinsman, Senator Johnson gave his support to Vice President Boakai.

“Discussion with my brother Senator Johnson two days ago has finally put to rest the question as to where he goes, come 2017. As the national chair on recruitment and mobilization, I can emphatically tell you that Senator Johnson is supporting Joe Boakai,” Rep. Tingba said.

Meanwhile, in that radio discussion, Tingba, who won District #9 as an independent candidate condemned what he described as the proliferation of political parties, and accused founders of those parties of trying to establish dictatorial empires.

The formation of the MDR will be Senator Johnson’s second political establishment since 2011. His first, the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) won six of the nine districts in Nimba County and propped him up at a distant third in the 2011 presidential race, after Congress for Democratic Change. Sen. Johnson and several other members left NUDP a couple of years ago as persistent in-fighting beclouded the vision of the party he established.

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