By Chris F Pewu
The Unity Party Montserrado Youth Congress has denounced and distanced itself from the protest staged on Thursday, November 23 by some partisans at the UP national headquarters calling on the UP Executive Committee to expel President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, standard bearer emeritus of the party.
“We are of the strongest conviction that the protest at this crucial time when we are gearing up for a runoff is no remedy to resolving dissatisfaction or misunderstanding within the party,” said youth congress chairman Lansana P. Fofana.
Speaking recently at a press conference in Monrovia, Fofana explained that with the party at a critical juncture, “we call on all aggrieved partisans to remain calm as we strive to achieve victory in the runoff elections.
“It is important to clarify that partisans of UP don’t subscribe to indiscipline; and they do the rule of law as well as the constitution of the party. Lest we forget, the world is watching us; we must endeavor to conduct ourselves accordingly,” he added.
The protest was never carried out by the youth wing of the UP as was published in the media.
“We also condemn the personal attacks on two of our senior partisans, Senator Conmany Wesseh and Representative Worlea-Saywah Dunah, who are also members of our national executive committee. We believe that these lawmakers have the right to their opinions and should not be demeaned,” said Fofana.
The chairman said Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai is an embodiment of peace and unity, and as such, his bid for the presidency must not be mixed with conflict and disunity among members of the party.
He said as long as President Sirleaf remains a member of the party, she will continue to enjoy the confidence of the Montserrado Youth Congress; and therefore, they will not be a party to any act that shows disrespect to the President of Liberia.
Chairman Fofana called on standard bearer Joseph Boakai to ensure that those who are creating problems for the party are disciplined to protect the party’s image.
Also speaking was the Montserrado Youth Congress secretary general, Amos M. Kollie, who termed the attacks against “our President and hardworking and committed lawmakers who have all brought national electoral glory to the party. Our real enemies are those elements who are being treacherous and divisive against our party.”
Kollie reaffirmed support to Amb. Boakai, describing him as the most honest candidate in the presidential election that deserves every citizen’s support ‘because he possesses all those attributes needed to succeed President Sirleaf.’
“It is in furtherance of our belief in his ability to work for the Liberian people as president that our group is working together to support Vice President Boakai’s election as President of Liberia. Therefore, as Ambassador Boakai has always said, we must ‘think Liberia, love Liberia and build Liberia,’” Kollie added.