‘UP Still Formidable,’ Former VP Boakai Says

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Boakai (right): "We want to assure Liberians that in no way the party has fallen apart and neither is it out of the political race in the country."

Unity Party(UP) might have lost its hold on power during the December 26, 2017 runoff elections, but the party has got no plans to fade into oblivion or take a backseat in Liberian politics. The party says it will continue to consolidate its efforts in pursuit of another opportunity to serve the country.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Unity Party will continue to be the best political party and we will ensure that the party is revamped and made more relevant for the benefit of the country,” former VP Joseph Boakai said in reference to statements from some quarters that the party is still enduring the pains of the defeat it suffered in the 2017 runoff elections.

He made the statement over the weekend at the Unity Party’s (UP) national retreat, held at the Buchanan City Hall in Grand Bassa County. The retreat was held under the theme: ‘A renewal of our commitment.’

In remarks, the standard bearer noted, “We want to assure Liberians that in no way the party has fallen apart and neither is it out of the political race in the country. As a standard bearer, along with my executives and strong supporters, we are prepared to run the UP as a responsible institution. Our party stands for the good and development of this country.”

The former vice president urged UP supporters to remain in the party and fix the problems they are faced with and cautioned them not to leave the party based on the mistaken belief that the party has fallen apart.

“The effect of the devastating loss of the election was a tough one, but I understand that all is not lost and it’s not the end of the world. But we all should now recognize the love for country, because the  Boakai 2017 presidential campaign has ended but the slogan remains ‘Think Liberia, Build and Love Liberia’ and because it’s the only place we have as a home,” he said.

He made it clear that though the party didn’t win the election, it does not mean that the UP is no more  as  many in the opposition are inclined to think and that the party will no longer exist.

“We ran a plain and peaceful campaign that had a sense of purpose for a peaceful and better nation; we therefore need to maintain the peace and work with the new government, with a mindset to follow UP’s dream of having better healthcare services, access to good roads and an improved environment for Liberians.

“Let’s work to ensure that the problems in our country are minimized, let’s put aside our differences in the UP in order to have the leadership that will work in the interest of the citizens, allow our people to speak up in order to address some key issues the right way, because Unity Party is not going down; we are going to revamp and move on greatly for the benefit of the country,” he said.

He expressed appreciation to those who attended the retreat, which he described as a family meeting, adding that Liberia is the only country “we have therefore we must all work together to build this nation.”

The retreat, which brought together several  UP officials, including Vice Standard Bearer Emmanuel Nuquay, Chairman Wilmot Paye , Augustine Ngafuan, Cole Bangalu, Mariamu Fofana, among several other executives and members of the party, was a call for the UP to renew its commitment to revamp the party and make it sustainable.

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  1. This is what I believe that this man will go down in history as one of the best VP.” Let’s work to ensure that the problems in our country are minimized, let’s put aside our differences in the UP in order to have the leadership that will work in the interest of the citizens, allow our people to speak up in order to address some key issues the right way, because Unity Party is not going down; we are going to revamp and move on greatly for the benefit of the country,” he said. This is a statesman, most people in our country- Liberia believe that when you loose an election you are done. UP WILL rise again, and the party will be in a better form, so I say to all UP members let us plan and keep the good faith for our country-LIBERIA

  2. What make a former ruling party stronger is the structures and resources put in place to make it more competitive. After 12 consecutive years in power, we saw how this party disorganized under the leadership of Old man Boakai during the few months of the 2017 elections. It because the ruling party failed to put in place the mechanisms of Leadership structures across the country.

  3. The idea of having tons of parties during election in African countries is pointless. The sad truth is that most parties melt away, never to be heard from until doomsday. During the most recent Liberian elections, approximately 23 parties sprang into action. The standard bearers of the said parties zigzagged and crisscrosed the country in order to deliver all kinds of empty speeches. The question is where are those parties and their standard bearers today? A country like Liberia needs two major political parties. By embracing the concept of a two-party system, a lot of problems will be easily solved.

    The Unity Party became publicly dominant because its top contender, Mr. Boakai served honorably for 12 years as VP. But during those 12 years, a horrific mistake was made by Boakai and his accolytes. No attempt was made to open Unity Party offices on a permanent basis throughout the country as a way of keeping hope alive for future elections. The net result of this behaviour translates into a slow but painful death for the Unity Party.

    Also, where are the lesser known parties that formed before and during the 2017 elections? More importantly, where are the standard bearers of those parties? I think it is safe to presume that most of the 22-plus parties are completely dead in the pond. The defunct parties may never spring back into action.

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