Businessman turned politician, Benoni Urey has described as a “calculated attempt” the ongoing so-called political tension in Monrovia to thwart the upcoming 2017 presidential and general elections.
The All Liberian Party political leader said the recent trend of events, evoked by the mysterious death of former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), Harry A. Greaves, Jr., makes one to believe that there are plans to avert the 2017 elections.
Since the lifeless body of Mr. Greaves was discovered on the beach at the back of the old Planning Ministry, several persons have called for a thorough investigation into circumstances that led to Mr. Greaves’ death.
Mr. Urey observed that the ongoing situations are being created to present a state of insecurity so that the 2017 elections would not be held.
“I think people want to cause confusion that we do not go to elections in 2017. And we must go to elections. We demand that the electoral process be free, fair and transparent so that the people’s rights will be respected,” Urey told reporters at the RIA where he had gone to received some guests from the United States.
He said no one can stop the holding of the elections, “because Liberians are anxiously waiting that period to get the desired changes they need.”
The ALP leader has meanwhile frowned at what he termed as the use of “excessive force” allegedly by the Liberia National Police (LNP) during recent street protests in demand of the release of activist Vandalark Patricks.
He also called on both the police and leaders of the protestors to exercise restraint, adding, “We must all be careful, tolerant and remember that where one person’s rights stop, is where another person’s rights begin. I will also talk to our people to be a little bit calm and orderly.”