Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe and Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson have settled their differences and agreed to work in the interest of Bomi County and Liberia in general.
Speaking on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS) recently, Rep. Snowe said he and Johnson dined together after the results of the representative election were announced.
“Sen. Johnson and I recently went out for dinner together, and at that sitting, we resolved our differences and agreed to put the interest of the people we represent above our personal interests,” Snowe told Solomon Ware, TBS host.
According to Snowe, politics is about logical arguments and not warfare. “We were not at war with each other and we will not go to war at any point in time. It is our ideas and opinions that differ from each other, but let no one think that we are out there to kill each other,” he said. He noted that he will closely work with Johnson and all stakeholders in Bomi, particularly Senjeh District.
Snowe, the outgoing representative of Montserrado District #6 who has just won the election for the representative seat of Bomi County District #1 (Senjeh District), has promised to make Senjeh second to none in development. Presently, he has an oil palm investment worth over US$1 million in the district with hundreds of its citizens at work, he said.
When contacted via mobile phone, Sen. Johnson said he respects democracy and as such the people of Senjeh have spoken their minds through the election of Snowe to represent them at the 54th Legislature.
“Snowe and I are not enemies. We are brothers. Our disagreement was on why our people should consider him for the same post he is yet to turn over to the newly elected representative in Montserrado District #6. I felt he was wrong but our Supreme Court ruled against our opinion and we accepted it,” he said, noting that he has extended his hand to Snowe so they will work together for the common good of the people of Bomi.
When Snowe accepted a petition in Senjeh to run for the representative seat, Johnson and Garyah Karmo, the incumbent representative at the time, vehemently opposed the idea and the case ended at the Supreme Court.
It may be recalled that Sen. Johnson swore that he could sacrifice ‘sweat and blood’ to stop Snowe from becoming a legislator to represent the people of Senjeh. Snowe, on the other hand, kept condemning Johnson and vowed to succeed even at the expense of his life.
For his part, Rep. Samuel Gayah Karmo challenged Snowe for running although he occupied an elected post in another district, especially so in another county. He began with the elections magistrate in Bomi and later took an appeal to the Board of Commissioners of the NEC. He lost the appeal while Johnson won his at the level of the NEC. But with separate appeals taken to the Supreme Court, a decision had to be made. The Supreme Court ruled, however, against Jonson and Karmo, thereby granting Snowe the chance to run for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 54th Legislature.
Snowe served Montserrado District #6 for two terms of six years each beginning with the elections of 2005.