Tipoteh’s Political Quest Chilled by LPP


The Liberia People’s Party (LPP) has given the cold shoulder to Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh’s desire to win the party’s nomination as its standard bearer in the general and presidential elections in 2017.
Dr. Tipoteh is one of many persons who have already declared their intentions to contest the 2017 elections.
But the LPP leadership insists it is not taking wagers and until the party’s national convention can take place, no one, including Dr. Tipoteh, is considered eligible to become the standard bearer or the party’s political leader.
LPP Secretary-General Jefferson Kanmoh, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, said Dr. Tipoteh is only considered as the former standard bearer of the party and also a senior honorable member.
“Until LPP partisans hold a national convention, the party’s chair, Dr. Marcus Dahn, is the presiding officer,” he said.
Mr. Kanmoh, who is also Representative of Sinoe County’s Electoral District #1, said the LPP political leader can only be determined during its national convention which serves as the party’s “presidential nominating forum.”
“It is possible that Dr. Tipoteh could emerge as the party’s leader at the national convention,” Rep. Kanmoh conceded, adding that besides Dr. Tipoteh, there are several presidential candidates, including Dr. Dahn and Dr. Henry B. Fahnbulleh (HB).
Dr. Tipoteh, 74, is an economist, educator and politician who has contested the presidential elections three times in 1997, 2005 and 2011 and lost each attempt.
The LPP was founded in 1983, but participated in elections for the first time in 1997, during which time Dr. Tipoteh, its standard bearer, lost the election to former President Charles Taylor. The LPP afterwards merged with the United People’s Party (UPP) and became the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD).
Recently, Dr. Tipoteh expressed the desire to contest the 2017 presidential elections.
He believes that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration has failed the Liberian people because her governance structure is not capable of changing the circumstances of Liberians for the better.
He has described some government officials as ‘vampires’, accusing them of misusing taxpayers’ money for campaign purposes.
Dr. Tipoteh warned that the vampires “are using lots of ‘sweet talks’ promising to end the suffering of the poor people, but they do not mean it because as vampires, they are growing richer and richer from sucking the lifeblood of people and placing Liberia under the control of foreigners.”
In a related development, Dr. Tipoteh has expressed concern about the role of the National Elections Commission (NEC), insisting that it is impossible for NEC to supervise a free and fair election to move the country from a ‘vampire state’ to a democratic state.

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