Snowe Picks Successor In Bomi

Unknown profile photoBy July Johnson

Following his recent certification and induction as Senator of Bomi County, former Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, Jr. has announced his successor for the seat he has made vacant in Electoral District Number One.

Senator Snowe declared via social media that he has picked Madam Finda Alice Gborie Lansanah for the forthcoming bi-election he created in his district.

The lawmaker added that she will contest as an Independent Candidate like he (Snowe) did and with the promise to lead her campaign in Senjeh District.

Madam Madam Finda Alice Gborie Lansanah is the wife of the late former Bomi County Senator, Lahai G. Lansanah, who died while serving as Snowe’s Campaign Manager ahead of the election on December 8, 2020.

Initially promising not to contest the senatorial elections, Snowe declared former Senator Lansanah as his choice to support for the Bomi County race against the likes of then incumbent Sando Dazoe Johnson and J. Alex Tyler.

Unfortunately, Snowe failed to succeed in his attempt to have Lansanah run on the ticket of the Unity Party (UP), now part of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).

Lansanah was rejected by the UP in that the All Liberian Party (ALP) had already been allotted Bomi County slot, which was eventually offered to incumbent Senator Sando Dazoe, who retreated to the ALP after failing to be assured of running on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) through the constituent group National Patriotic Party (NPP).

The rejection of Lansanah obviously prompted Snowe to resign from the UP. Yet, it was shocking to see the very Lansanah organizing a petition ceremony for Snowe to contest in Bomi County.

In making his decision, Snowe said he accepted the request of former Bomi Senator Lahai Lansanah to contest the election since Lansanah himself did not make the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) ticket.

“My citizens, I have come today to inform you in Senjeh District and Bomi County at-large that after being asked by my friend and political ally, former Senator Lahai Lansanah, who did not make the CPP nomination for Bomi County, and after close consultation with my family, we have come today to inform the people of Bomi County that we have accepted the request of a cross-section of our citizens to contest,” Snowe said.

Snowe is a product of the former rebel, National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), which transformed into the National Patriotic Party (NPP), where he served as Youth Chairman. He married the daughter of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor and later got divorced. He later married Mardea White and divorced again.

Snowe served as Deputy Managing Director for Operations and then Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) as well as President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) before becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives but got removed by his colleagues.

He has since grown into a key figure into the body politics of Liberia, following the footsteps of his former father-in-law, Charles Ghankay Taylor. He contested on the Unity Party ticket and supported former Vice President Joseph Boakai for the Liberian presidency in 2017.

He made history by quitting Montserrado County as lawmaker and got elected in the same position in Bomi County despite court battles from political rivals.

He currently heads the Liberian Delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament based in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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