NIMBA – For someone who just last May disclosed that he supported President George Weah in 2017 to win the presidential elections because he wants the Liberian people to suffer and learn from their mistake, many did not expect for the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) to begin desperately struggling to rekindle their soured bromance with Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson on the eve of the midterm senatorial elections, hoping the “Kingmaker” will work his charm to win Nimba County over in the upcoming midterm senatorial elections, and ultimately, for the 2023 presidential and general elections. But as The Analyst reports, despite their rock-and-roll relationship, the Coalition says it will endorse any name that Sen. Johnson and his Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Party put forth for Nimba County.
“We have just concluded, this evening, a meeting with stakeholders in Nimba, using the occasion to first sympathize with the citizens and residents of the county following a tragic accident recently that led to several deaths, recognition of the working relationship the government continues to have with the people of the county especially the godfather of the county, Sen. Prince Y. Johnson and announcing that the CDC will officially endorse any name that comes out of the PYJ’s Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) Party,” disclosed Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee following his recent visit to Nimba County.
Mayor Koijee, who also happens to be the CDC’s Organizing Committee Chairman for the midterm senatorial elections, further said, the decision to solidify relations with Sen. Johnson and his MDR is in consideration of the deep and existing relationship between their two leaders and institutions.
“Look forward to more interactions even beyond 2020 midterm,” Koijee stated in a social media post following the Nimba meeting.
Mr. Koijee’s statement comes against the backdrop of CDC Chairman Mulbah declaring his party’s determination to win all 15 senatorial seats in the 2020 midterm elections.
During a June 25, 2020 press conference held at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town, Chairman Morlu assured that the party will hold free, fair and transparent primaries for all aspirants across the country to ensure a peaceful democratic process.
But as the CDC continues to conduct primaries across the country, some of its tripartite partners have already started to voice dissent over the manner and form in which the primaries are being conducted.
In Bong County, Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor’s National Patriotic Party has outrightly refused to endorse the candidacy of Senator Henry Yallah who is said to have the full support of standard bearer President George Weah and his Congress for Democratic Change party.
Strangely, the Coalition tripartite, comprising the CDC, NPP and LPDP, had earlier endorsed incumbent Senator Yallah, but with Madam Taylor now pulling her weight from beneath the CDC choice, pundits see a likely chance for the governing CDC to lose a vital legislative Bong County seat in 2020 and possible votes from Liberia’s third most vote-rich region in 2023.
In Bomi County as well, supporters of LPDP political leader Representative Alex Tyler, who has declared his intention to contest the senate seat, are unsatisfied over the Coalition’s decision to support another candidate other than Mr. Tyler who used his party and resources to canvass for President Weah to win the 2017 presidential elections.
Against the backdrop of such intra-party discontentment within the Coalition, pundits are wondering how the governing party will fare during the 2020 midterm senatorial election which outcome will definitely impact results of the 2023 presidential and general elections.