Unity Party (UP) lawmakers are beginning to question the presidential ambition of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai based on commitment made to the party relative to empowering the younger generation.
At a political meeting held over the weekend – called and chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, UP’s first partisan, the ruling party legislators expressed concern about Boakai’s intent; adding “why Joe wants to stay,” a question that never got an answer, according to those who attended the meeting.
According to our sources, the question, “Why does Joe want to stay,” was based on previous commitment to the party by both President Sirleaf and the Vice President when seeking the party’s support prior to the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
The question came from Montserrado County Representative Bill Twehway who asked, “Madam President, why does Vice President Boakai want to stay when you both promised not stand in future elections?”
Our sources asserted that from the onset, the first partisan laughed and joked about it. But it later became an issue of concern from across the floor when almost all members of the caucus pressed the President for an answer, prompting an angry mood from her.
The contention is, “Madam Johnson Sirleaf, and her running mate got elected on a campaign to pave the way for the younger generation to succeed them after their second and final tenure shall have expired in 2017,” our sources said.
“The President campaigned to UP partisans in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, on the basis of generational change through which she got UP’s nomination, because we supported said ideology. From this backdrop, it is contradicting for the
President to be going into retirement, while her running mate who should be joining her at the exit door is now making renewed commitment.
“They promised to step aside and support the young generation in the party to lead, but unfortunately we are now hearing a completely different thing from our Vice Standard Bearer,” our sources declared.
In that meeting, President Sirleaf declined to state whether she supports Boakai’s bid, but maintained that the party needs to move ahead.
According to UP executives, the meeting was intended to discuss the forward march of the party and not to discuss the candidacy of the a vice standard bearer.