UP Youth Wing Demands President Sirleaf’s Expulsion

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Members of the UP Youth Wing demanding the expulsion of Pres. Sirleaf and her sympathizers (Photo courtesy: Ernest Moibah, Jr.)

Partisans Boo Sen. Wesseh, Rep. Dunah

The headquarters of the ruling Unity Party yesterday witnessed a brief protest as members of the youth-wing booed some emissaries of the embattled standard bearer emeritus of the party, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to the party’s grounds. The angry young people also petitioned some Executive Members of the party for the immediate expulsion of President Sirleaf.

According to the young people, the President is no longer committed to the cause(s) of the party and her actions and inactions are detrimental to the forward march of the institution, especially at such a crucial time when the party should be preparing for the most crucial aspect of the 2017 elections.

“We want for President Sirleaf to be expelled from our beloved party immediately. She is of no help to our cause as a party and as such we don’t need her. We shouldn’t sit and allow this woman to destroy our noble institution,” Emmanuel James, who said he is a member of the youth wing, told the Daily Observer.

He said the party’s leniency with the standard bearer emeritus provided her enough space to hurt the party, as it is being felt now. He indicated that if stringent measures had been taken against her, as suggested in the past by some top officials, the UP would not have found herself in such an embarrassing situation.

“We have been too lenient with this President and as a result this is what we got. I thought it would have been very prudent if we had started with her on a more radical note as others suggested,” James said.

UP vice standard bearer, J. Emmanuel Nuquay, immediately intervened in the situation and calmed the angry youth and promised that their demand will be looked into as there is no need to create a scene. He said UP is poised for a historic moment in the country and there is no need to create space for distraction.

“I have heard what you people have said and we want you people to be calm as we address some of these issues,” he said.

Immediately thereafter, UP Executive Committee members went in an emergency meeting to discuss several pertinent issues as they pertain to the party’s fate in the ongoing electoral process.

Wesseh, Dunah termed Traitors

River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh and his colleague from the Lower House, Nimba County District #7 Representative Worlea-Saywah Dunah, felt the wrath of the party’s youth wing as they were booed by the young people when they entered the grounds of the party’s headquarters. The two were termed as traitors by the youth for siding with President Sirleaf in the ongoing political struggle in the ruling party.

The youths’ action against the two Executive Committee members primarily stemmed from their objection to the legal path that is being taken by the party and other collaborating political institutions in addressing alleged gross irregularities and fraud that attended the October 10 presidential and representative elections.

The two men condemned the legal wrangling that the UP got itself tangled in, calling on the party to abandon its legal quest as its pursuit would lead the country in a constitutional crisis that would endanger President Sirleaf’s dream for a peaceful transfer of power in January.

Senator Wesseh, quoted by media reports, threatened that President Sirleaf will cling on to power, albeit illegally, until elections are held.

He said any delay in the ongoing investigations at the NEC which, if not resolved within thirty (30) days, could run the country into a democratic assault and lead to President Sirleaf holding on till elections are held.

Many have termed such remarks attributed to him as “outrageous and erroneous; not only grossly misleading but equally disingenuous because the Senator is aware that such is ultra vires or beyond the President’s powers.”

For Rep. Dunah, many felt he played the role of Brutus when he said the UP’s legal pursuit was unnecessary. He expressed his unhappiness with the political collaboration between the UP and the Liberty Party (LP), calling on UP to abandon the lawsuit.

The UP is serving as an intervening collaborator in the case between the Liberty Party and the NEC on alleged gross irregularities and fraud that the LP believes marred the October 10 presidential and representative elections. But according to the Nimba County lawmaker, UP’s decision to join the LP in the legal case did not meet the consensus of all members of the executive.

Dunah said he was forced to use the media to tell the UP to withdraw the case from the court on grounds that since the first round of the elections, UP executives have failed to meet and take a decision as a party, alleging that a few executive members are making decisions for the party.

There were placards calling for the expulsion of the two men from the party as they were no longer faithful to the institution but rather to an individual.

“These guys have made themselves puppets to President Sirleaf and they will continue to be because their livelihoods depend on her. What a shame for these to be called honorable men,” one of the young people said.

“We will continue to jeer you people as long as you continue to come here. You no longer belong here, you traitors,” another said.

Rep. Dunah, who looked very embarrassed, immediately left the party’s grounds before the commencement of the Executive Committee meeting.

When contacted for comments, UP campaign spokesman, Mo Ali, said it is the right of the young people to demand, through protest or any feasible means, anything that does not satisfy them. “They are partisans and they have the right to protest,” he said.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Who are these youth and what do they know about the fundamentals of UP? When did President Sirleaf become a waste to the UP. You guys need to redefine your cause and choose a responsible to deal with the issues. Those who support wrongs are those you considered useful to UP? This is not a good leadership style. Stop crying like babies and peacefully face the opponent.

    • Mr. Carlon, we hear you. But guess what? The confusion of the youth in this matter can be laid no where else but squarely on the laps of president Sirleaf. Her alleged support for CDC as opposed to her party’s candidate is the opprobrium giving rise to this and other condemnatory acts of UP partisans toward her and cabal. Name one instance in history for example, where a sitting president not only opposed his/her vice-president’s bid for the presidency, but support the opposition in that regard. What could have the vice-president done so wrong to president Sirleaf, so that she will support the very people who have been castigating her for all these 12 years? The very CDC that says for 12 years president Sirleaf didn’t do anything worthwhile for Liberia, and therefore for that reason her vice president should not be elected, because it would be like extending her tenure by one more term, which she and her vice-president don’t deserve. In that scenario what could be the vice-president’s sin so much so that the president would rather side with the very people who have condemned all that she has done for Liberia over her two terms, as opposed to her vice-president who worked with her so diligently for all we know. And it is not only the youth of UP who feel this way about the president but by extension, many of us who supported her two terms with Boakai as vp. So if anything it is president Sirleaf who is digging her grave and not those providing the shovels and diggers out of frustration.

  2. Johnson-Sirleaf’s faux pas in weeks leading to the October 10 elections are inexcusable. To paraphrase her, Johnson-Sirleaf lectured the Liberian people about the fact that older African leaders must pass the baton of governance to the younger folk. That was kind of funny especially if one considers her young age of 78.

    The Weah endorsement is another issue. The question is whether Johnson-Sirleaf endorsed Mr. Weah or attempted it. Well, this issue remains an open question because she hasn’t really addressed it. On the flip side, Mr. Weah has tried his level best to deny the charge, but most people are unconvinced.

    Does Johnson-Sirleaf want VP Boakai to succeed her? The truth of the matter is that Johnson-Sirleaf has not been seen with VP Boakai

  3. The youth wing of the Unity Party is very appopletic! If they could eviscerate madam EJS without any condemnation, they would do so graciously. That’s how bad things are within the corridors of the Unity Party. However, EJS could be a lifesaver if she acts expeditiously before her limited time in office runs out. Anything short of doing a good damage control job before the unannounced rerun or runoff date will drive her party into a tailspin.
    To avoid an expulsion from the party that kept EJS in power during the last 12 years, she must go out on a political stomp with VP Boakai who intends to succeed her.

  4. The confused youths who have been pushed by Varney Sherman and Wilmot paye must understand that it’s madam Sirleaf who made the unity party and her departure is the end of the party. Put her personal in the party since 1997 ,no one else could do that. Stop your madness.

  5. UP Vice Standard Emmanuel Nuquay’s intervention to stop the Youth Wing is not to
    shame President Sirleaf is not surprising. Why? Because when he was elected Speaker
    of the House by his colleagues, the first person and place he went to deliver the message
    that he was just being elected Speaker was, he ran to President at her private home to
    inform her of his being elected, as if he were a ward for the President; prempting the
    official process of informing the President and other Branches of Government.

    When it comes President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s serious that she had created for UP,
    from the current Standard Bearer-in-Waiting down to the last man or woman must be
    very careful of Vice Standard J. Emmanuel Nuquay. If I were him, as the normal way to
    do, was he should run to his wife and family first to inform them instead of the President,
    even to private home.

  6. Rep. Dunah’s claim that the decision to join the Liberty Party in its case against those
    glaring, unethical, irregularities, frauds and lack of transparency in the October 10, 2017
    elections is, indeed, a frivolous and lack of knowledge on his part of how a political party
    works. As a party, UP party has an Executive Committee whose members keep their eyes
    and ears on the party’s interests 24/7. If urgency demands action, those Executive
    Members do not have to wait for those hang-on members in the party like him and Wesseh.

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