By Stephen G. Fellajuah
The Executive Committee of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) , by and through a resolution has reaffirmed the party’s commitment to the coalition document signed 2016, and at the same time pledged the party’s unrelenting support to the Weah -led government. The decision from the former ruling party is coming on the heels of rumors making the rounds in the public that it intends to quit the relationship with the coalition she and other parties formed in 2017 and contest the 2023 presidential and legislative elections independently.
The ruling coalition is made up of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of President George Manneh Weah; the NPP of Vice President Jewel Howard – Taylor and the Liberian People Democratic Party (LPDP) of former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler.
The stance of NPP to stick with the ruling coalition can be traced to the statement made by President George Manneh Weah that he will maintain Vice President Mrs. Jewel Howard Taylor as running mate during the 2023 general elections during his recent tour of Lofa County.
Reading the resolution signed by the executive committee members of the party yesterday at the party headquarters in Congo Town, the National Secretary General of the party, Andrew Peters said the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the Liberian People’s Democratic Party (LPDP) and the National Patriotic Party (NPP), desirous of improving the well-being of the Liberian people through the governance structure, entered into a six-year agreement ( November 2, 2016 – November 2, 2022) for the formation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
“The agreement provides for a collective and inclusive governance of the country in line with the constitution, statues, and the adoption of sound policies that guaranteed the rights of the Liberian people and improved their living standards”, Mr. Peters noted.
According to the NPP Secretary General, the leaders of the three constituent parties within the Coalition, cognizant of the ramifications should this government not perform satisfactorily, have the responsibility to ensure that qualified and competent Liberians, especially members of the three constituent parties within the Coalition are included at every facet of government.
He explained that members of the three parties have more zest to ensure that the government succeeds, because they are the ones held liable for the commitments they have made to improve the lives of the Liberian people.
As a government overwhelmingly elected by the Liberian people, Mr. Peters said, the party acknowledged that the Coalition Government has made major strides over the three years period of governance, but also said a lot more is expected in terms of development and improvement of the lives of the Liberian people in the next three years.