Ellen, Cronies Protective Political Grasp: “Ex-Allies” Betrayal! …Cataloging CDC, UP Runoff Statistics

 

By T. Michael Johnny 0886571899/0775820581

“Past rhetorical comments such as time for “generational Change” uttered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the just ended United Nations summit in New York speaks volume of betrayal against Vice President Joseph Boakai; the changing dynamism is part of “protective political grasp concept” following her exit in 2018”,

Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s quest to succeed outgoing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is reportedly shredded in “thin air” due to his boss inability to partner and elevate the Unity Party (UP) standard bearer’s campaign trail leading to the runoff election on November 7, 2017.

The relationship, which is now seemingly strained between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai dating nearly 12 years, is reportedly shrinking on various fronts based on divided political ideology before the commencement of the campaign activities.

An insider clothed with privileged information from the Executive branch told the In Profile Daily that Vice President Joseph Boakai’s preferred choice of Vice Standard Bearer Emmanuel Nuquay as opposed to ex-Senate Protempore Gbezongar Findley and the expressed protection for her cronies has fuelled speculation of her decision to shun her “trusted” deputy.

Moreover, Vice President Boakai’s misery is further compounded by comments emanating from another staunch ally of Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Gbotonabi Sherman who currently supports the UP in series of gatherings.

Senator Sherman, who once supported President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s presidential ambition and also ex-chairman of the UP are now reportedly at loggerheads since the disgraceful outburst of the controversial US$950,000 Sable Mining case bribery levied against him, former House Speaker Alex Jenekai Tyler and others.

Aggrievedly, Senator Sherman’s implication and correspondence invitation by Criminal court “C” for investigation couple with “war-of-words” between President Sirleaf’s loyalists and the current Chairman of the UP Wilmot Paye has reportedly given leverage to the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of former football icon Senator George Manneh Weah.

The rather strained relationship among the former UP allies in person of President Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph, Senator Varney Sherman and party Chairman Wilmot Paye has reportedly dampening the campaign of Vice President Joseph Boakai.

“Past rhetorical comments such as time for “generational Change” uttered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the just ended United Nations summit in New York speaks volume of betrayal against Vice President Joseph Boakai; the changing dynamism is part of “protective political grasp concept” following her exit in 2018”, said an official of the UP on condition of anonymity.

In his expressed opinion, the UP official accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of manipulating the outcome of the October 10, 2017, representatives and presidential elections, which the CDC snatched 38.7%, while the UP received 28.6% of the total votes to push the contest for runoff.

According to the official, President Sirleaf is aggrieved that her wish of maximum protection from alleged shady deals during the party’s 12 years of leadership, accommodation for cronies, immunity for selected officials wrapped in corruption allegation including Robert Sirleaf, who is now reportedly supporting the opposition are factors that has divided the party.

President Sirleaf has been conspicuously absent from the campaign activities of Vice President Joseph Boakai and has also engaged in pronouncement such as “time for generational change” as words that has led to the lackluster performance of the UP in several Counties including Montserrado.

Besides Lofa and Nimba Counties where the UP topped the CDC, the opposition massively overwhelmed their main rival in the South East and Central Liberian with the CDC also defeating the UP in the stronghold of Vice Standard bearer Emmanuel Nuquay in Margibi County.

Moreover, the CDC also slightly captured more seats at the House of Representatives ahead of the UP, Liberty Party (LP), the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and other political parties to hold majority at the lower House in preparation of the 54th National Legislature.

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