Liberty Party Nimba County Chairman, Tony Gonyon and other senior officials of the party in the county have officially resigned from the party and defected to the ruling Unity Party.
Gonyon announced his resignation from the Liberty Party at a well-attended press conference in Saclepea City in Nimba County on Monday.
Other officials who resigned from the party include Archie Konah, Vice Chairman for Recruitment and Mobilization; Elijah Greene, Public Relations Officer; Austin Willie, Vice Chairman for Operations and seven of the nine district coordinators in the county.
Gonyon, on behalf of his colleagues, cited high bureaucracy in getting to the Standard Bearer of the Party Cllr. Charles Brumskine, failure on the part of the party’s executives to allow the county leadership steer its own affairs as well as lack of logistics, as reasons for their resignation.
He also indicated that the party lacks the pedigree to govern the state, citing its failure to maintain its local structures across the country.
He, however, refuted claims by the new county chairman of the party that he and his colleagues received money from officials of the ruling Unity Party to take the decision.
Gonyon pointed out that though he and his colleagues have decided to support the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Boakai, it does not in any way mean that they were induced to take the decision.
According to him, he and his colleagues have observed over the years that Vice President Boakai is the best candidate in the upcoming elections who can redeem the Liberian people, and as such they have no regret joining the movement to elect him.
They promised to work with and abide by all rules governing the movement and vowed to do everything to make sure VP Boakai succeeds President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2018.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Liberty Party county chairman and some members of the party in the county have sharply reacted to allegations levied against the party and some of its executives by the outgoing chairman, terming him and his cohorts as ‘belly driven and gravy-seeking individuals.’
Acting Chairman Saye Moore, who appeared on a local radio talk show in Ganta on Tuesday, accused Mr. Gonyon and his collaborators of being responsible for the stagnation the party is facing in the county because they lack innovation and leadership capabilities.