The Unpredictability Of Liberia’s 2017 Elections: As Boakai’s Support Swells, Prince Johnson Strays Political Corridor, Endorses Boakai

Senator Prince Y. Johnson

The political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson has reportedly joined the political camp of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Standard Bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP) in his bid for the nation’s highest seat, the presidency come October 10, 2017.

According to media report, the Nimba County Senator made his intention known recently at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon his arrival from attending the ECOWAS’ Parliament in Nigeria. He told reporters that he prefers the Unity Party (UP) Standard Bearer over the rest of the other candidates vying for the 2017 presidency.

With this latest political development from the camp of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), more questions than answers are flipping the lips of Liberians, especially those who have been following the track records of this former rebel leader and now an Evangelist and Senator, describe fear ng him as a very unpredictable person expressed fear of his bid to join the camp of the Vice President.

Early this year, the MDR political leader and two other opposition political parties, the All Liberia Party (ALP) of businessman Benoni Urey and the Liberia National Union of Nathaniel Blama signed what was considered as a tripartite statement collapse after he (Prince Johnson) refused to go second during the upcoming elections, this resulted to the separation of the parties concerned in the coalition.

During one his numerous interviews with reporters, Senator Johnson, 65, has repeatedly made it clear in his own words that he will not support any ‘Americo-Liberian in the pending elections, but rather will give his support to an indigenous Liberian, a class to which he belongs, apparently reason for which the former warlord has chosen such to lend his support to the UP led candidate.

However, some Liberian who spoke to the GNN-Liberia called on the campaign team of the Vice President to be very careful with individuals from difference political parties who may be trooping under the guise of expressing their support to the Vice President’s presidential bid, making specific reference of Senator Prince Johnson.

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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.