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.