The National Chairman of one of Liberia’s main opposition political parties, the Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa has reportedly resigned his post days after his appointment by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as Minister of State Without Portfolio.
The resignation of Cllr. Koffa from the party has now given another responsibility to the party’s executive committee to fetch out a competent partisan who will fill the gap being created due to his resignation.
Prior to his new portfolio, it was rumored in Monrovia that he was to replace Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh but that appointment went to former River Gee Senator Fredrick Cherue.
The party has participated in every election since 2005.
In 2005, its political leader Charles W. Brumskine took the third placed in the presidential poll, winning 13.9% of the vote. The party won three seats in the Senate and nine in the House of Representatives.
Brumskine in October 2010 agreed with a short-lived coalition with the CDC which fell apart over who should head the ticket. Brumskine picked Franklin Siakor as his running mate but failed to duplicate his impressive 2005 showing in the 2011 presidential race securing only 5.5 percent of the votes.
With Cllr. Koffa taking his exit, some party officials are pointing to Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence as a possible successor.
While the popular first-term Senator is seen as a strong organizer, political observers say she could face a stern test as the party head into 2017 amid a rising tide of political discussions and negotiations for possible mergers among the more than 22 political parties expected to contest the 2017 elections.