“The decision taken not to select Gbehzohngar Findley, former Senator of Grand Bassa County by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and UP Presidential candidate as his running mate was done due to his unpopularity with the people of the County, secondly, Grand Bassa County is the stronghold of Charles Brumskine, the presidential candidate of the opposition Liberty party. The Vice President’s decision was indeed cleared on this issue,” a source told the GNN exclusively.
Recently the former President Pro-Temporal of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley was greatly disappointed when his hopes for the post of running mate to the Unity Party presidential candidate, and Vice President, Joseph Nyuma Boakai was publicly dashed, leaving him in the cold by picking Margibi County Representative, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay as his running mate.
This decision by the Vice President seems not to go down well with the former Senator who in return recently held a major news conference disappointedly to express himself on the decision taken by the Unity Party standard bearer, while at the same time withdrawing his membership from the Unity party.
Speaking to the GNN, an executive of the UP who preferred not to be named, said the decision of the Vice President to choose his running mate instead of Findley, an executive member of the ruling Unity Party and also confidant of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was in the right direction.
The source further said, “The Vice President could not compromise his victory from the people of Grand Bassa County just for one individual whose popularity in that County has been questioned amongst his kinsmen was necessary.”
Following his resignation from the UP, speculations have it that the former stalwart of the UP is contemplating on switching his membership and support to the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Manneh Weah.