Former Vice President and Unity Party (UP) Standard Bearer Joseph Nyumah Boakai has officially announced that the party is no longer part of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) in the midst of controversy over alleged tampering of framework documents and ongoing court actions among CPP stalwarts.
Joe Boakai’s pronouncement of a withdrawal marked exactly six months into his chairmanship of the CPP, which Liberians saw as serious force to resist the re-election bid of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
However, as the former Vice President let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at UP headquarters in Monrovia, only John Ballout, former Maryland County Senator and Ambassador to Qatar, appeared disenchanted over the decision of his party to quit the CPP.
Meanwhile, UP Standard Bearer Boakai said in spite of numerous efforts to instill impasse within the CPP under his watch, there is no longer a way forward and thus all parties have decided to go separate ways.
Though the UP is leaving the CPP, Boakai declared that negotiations have begun with other political parties while assuring of a responsible partnership for a new arrangement. He did not name the parties that the UP is in negotiation with.
Flanked by his two closest allies in the opposition bloc, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and BenoniUrey, Boakai stated that with the latest decision to pull out of the CPP, “George Weah will be a one term President come the pending national elections.”
Former VP Joe Boakai added: “We appreciate your desire for a united CPP but all is not lost. Liberia will be redeemed because we have sought a way forward.”
Given this declaration, it remains to be seen whether the other constituent parties, namely Alternative National Congress (ANC) of Alexander Cummings and the Liberty Party (LP) under Chairman Musa Bility will continue with the CPP arrangement as momentum builds for the 2023 elections.