As 2017 Draws Closer, Opposition Political Parties ‘Indecisive’ For Cohesiveness – Liberians Voice Out Saying: “Rather The Devil Then The Angel”

L/R: Joseph N. Boakai (UP), George Weah (CDC), Jewel Howard Taylor (NPP), Charles Brumskine (LP) Joseph Mills Jones, (MOVEE) and Prince Johnson (MDR)
L/R: Joseph N. Boakai (UP), George Weah (CDC), Jewel Howard Taylor (NPP), Charles Brumskine (LP) Joseph Mills Jones, (MOVEE) and Prince Johnson (MDR)

As Liberian politicians struggle to showcase their political strength for the pending 2017 general and presidential elections, it is still not clear as to whether the number of political parties that have registered with the National Elections Commission (NEC) are will to see reason for actual collaboration.

According to the National Elections Commission (NEC) already there are 30 opposition political parties parading the corridor of power, as others are said to be preparing to register for a country that has less than four million would be electorates, and is struggling to be part with the comity of nations.

Few weeks ago, some political parties came together in one of Liberia’s populated cities, Ganta, Nimba County to tag their role for collaboration, but to the surprise of Liberians the ideal for collaboration went to the contrary with some of those who were part of the Ganta deliberation are moving in difference direction at the consternation political observers.

Another deal has been signed again between three political parties that were part of the earlier accord, expressing their inner support to each other that this time their collaboration which is geared towards unseating the ruling Unity Party (UP) come 2017 will be rigid with sincerity.

Liberians who spoke to our staff during the holiday at various locations in Monrovia and its environs said they are not sure as to whether these politicians are sincere to each other, pondering over as to who will be willing to serve as second to the presidency come 2017.

As Liberia slowly creeps into 2017, the year in which Liberians hope to elect their leader who will be trusted and well respected internationally after the exit of Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who paved the way for female presidents around the world, a Liberian political psychotherapist in a chat with the GNN-Liberia voiced out his guts saying “Liberians should be decisive in their bid for a leader, a leader who will pride to Africa’s oldest republic, and also who will have his/her Country and people at heart.”

The songs being sung by Liberian politicians all over the Country that they want to unseat the ruling Unity Party (UP) come 2017 needs to be actualized by doing those things that will make electorates to change their minds and vote for them. If not, their chances for unseating the UP will not come to a reality,” Mr. Jacob Nuah, Sr. speaking to our reporter at his Harbel Hill Residence in Margibi County yesterday, November 2, 2016 noted with seriousness.

Some Liberians who spoke to the GNN-Liberia also warned opposition political parties if they want to successfully forge ahead in unseating the UP they must built a wall of collaboration with honesty and sincerity with each other.

GNN-Liberia survey conducted for the past three weeks put ahead the Candidate of the Unity Party as many who spoke to our staff said, “It is better to be with the devil you perfectly than the angel you have no seen,” making reference of the candidate of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.

Other candidates spoken about include the political leader of the Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia who is also the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), the National Patriotic Party of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Senator Prince Y. Johnson.

This survey continues next week to test the taste of Liberians as to whom they think should be their next president come 2017.

Written by: Joel Cholo Brooks

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.