ALP Representative Candidate Accuses Political Leader, Says “We’re Not Plantation Workers”

By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas

Philip Massaquoi, ALP Representative Candidate: Has Accused his party’s political leader

A Representative candidate of the opposition All Liberian Party (ALP) has accused the political leader of the Party, businessman Benoni Urey of single handedly running the party without input of the partisans, noting that Mr. Urey and his immediate family members are the ones who runs the Party.

Mr. Philip Massaquoi who is Monsterrado County district # 8 claimed that such move by the Standard Bearer of the ALP has brought the party to public disrepute and further creating dissatisfaction amongst the Party’s executive members, partisans and supporters.

According to him, some executive members are disenchanted, but remain quiet on such relevant matter for reasons best known to them.

“Our first anniversary in Grand Bassa is a classic example, it was poorly attended due to the failure of the Party’s officials to inform members of activities leading to the event,” Mr. Massaquoi speaking to the GNN stressed.

He maintained that the party’s executive committee members did not announce the anniversary, but it came as a surprise through radio announcement.

The ALP member also mentioned the alleged decision of Mr. Urey and others to appoint individuals to elected positions such as of Vice Chairman for Administration, Mobilization and Youth Wing.

He expressed fear that such style of leadership could reach the national

Level, and should Mr. Urey win the 2017 elections, the Liberian people, especially those who opting him to run Liberia will be desperately disappointed.

Massaquoi also called on other stalwarts of the ALP to stop been quiet on issues that undermine the credibility of the party, and further noted that such unacceptable leadership practice has contributed to the exit of partisans.

Mr. Massaquoi said the name of the party is gradually deviating from its original name All Liberian Party to he called ‘Urey family Party’, in a rather furious tone Mr. Massaquoi urged the party must set its house in order as a government in waiting.

“If we preach against similar ills in the Ellen Sirleaf government, we must be able to lead by example, he intimated.”

When contacted via mobile phone, Mr. Benoni Urey told our reporter saying “I do not know him, in fact all presidential candidates should bring their family home and get them involve in their campaign, at least my family members are all living in Liberia and are involved in my campaign.”

Mr. Urey did not comment further, but told the GNN reporter that he has a campaign to run and bigger issues to deal with.

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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.