While former Speaker J. Alex Tyler and his Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP) are crying foul for having no say in the selection of candidates to contest on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for the November 16 bi-elections, the National Patriotic Party (NPP) has declared support for an Independent Candidate in Nimba County.
The ruling CDC is fielding no direct candidate in Nimba County apparently to support the bid of Prof. Francis Maweah who is the candidate of Senator Prince Johnson and his Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR). Both CDC and MDR agreed not to field candidates against each other during the December 8, 2020 Senatorial Election in Nimba County, eventually won by Jeremiah Koung via the MDR.
However, NPP disclosed through Vice Chairman George Mulbah that it will support Independent Samuel Browne. According to Mulbah, Brown could not get the blessing of the CDC Governing Council and therefore the NPP has decided to support one of its members who is in the race as an Independent Candidate.
For its part, the LPDP, founded by former Speaker Tyler, as a CDC constituent member, frowned on the selection process of candidates for the pending By-elections in four counties, Nimba, Bong, Bomi and Grand Gedeh Counties.
Tyler’s party raised concern about an alleged unilateral decision taken by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to select and deselect individuals who are to participate in the pending by-elections.
The LPDP therefore described the situation as unimaginable and wonders why the Congress for Democratic Change arrived at such critical decision without consulting constituent parties within the ruling coalition.
Meanwhile, the CDC is putting forth only two candidates on its tickets for the bi-elections with Melvin K. Salvage in Bong County and Jeremiah G. Sokan, Sr. in Grand Gedeh for the ruling party.
It is being rumored that the CDC is fielding no candidate in Bomi County to give way to Senator Edwin Snowe’s choice to succeed him, in person of Madam Lansanah Finda Gborie, an Independent Candidate. She was the wife of the late former Senator Lahai Lansanah, who was Senator Snowe’s campaign manager prior to his demise.
Charles S. Brown is the candidate of the main opposition CPP in the Bomi County, while the party’s other candidates are Joshua D.K. Better (Bong County), Atty. Lawrence Sua (Nimba County) and Ansu Dukuly (Grand Gedeh County).
CPP won six of the 15 seats when partaking in its its first major elections on December 8, 2021 with victories in Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Montserrado, River Gee and Grand Bassa Counties, whereas the ruling CDC snatched three seats in depopulated Maryland, Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties.