MONROVIA – As the Liberty Party is still being beleaguered in some legal issues that may affect the chances of some aspirants loyal to Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in the ensuing general election, the Grand Bassa County Senator may have perfected a fallback position with the Unity Party through which those aspiring for legislative seats will be accommodated as candidate, as she has informed an incumbent senator of Lofa County, Steve Zargo that he will be contesting under the banner Unity Party Alliance.
In a letter dated May 17, 2023 and addressed to Senator Zargo, on the letter headed paper of the Liberty Party, signed by Jacob Smith as Chairman of the Candidate Vetting Committee and approved by Senator Lawrence, a copy of which is in possession of The Analyst, the Lofa County Senator who was elected on the platform of the Liberty Party in 2014, was informed that the arrangement between the Nyonblee’s LP and UP will make it possible to now contest under a campaign banner, Unity Party Alliance and his name will be forwarded to UP upon payment of a two hundred united states dollars($200.00) internal processing fee.
“The Committee on Negotiation in Concert with the Candidate Vetting Committee is pleased to inform you that following a review of the records and at the conclusion of a series of meetings with our Unity Party counterparts, the Senatorial seat in Lofa county which you currently occupy has been declared a single-candidate seat for the purpose of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative election.
“Accordingly, your name has been submitted to the PL and will be forwarded to the UP upon the payment of two hundred dollars ($200.00) as internal processing fee.
“Subsequently, you will be certificated under the campaign banner, the UP Alliance for the purpose of your participation in the 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.
“Please accept our congratulations”, the letter said.
The Analyst has not been able to establish if similar letters were written to some other aspirants who are loyal to Senator Lawrence and could be affected if the legal battles in court are not resolved. For now, it has been reported that some of them are either opting to go independent or joining other parties as the time table for the submission of lists of candidates to the National Elections Commission (NEC) is fast approaching.
As of the last outcomes from both NEC and the Supreme Court, the leadership of the party under the national chairman Musa Hassan Bility and the status of the 2021 constitution were legitimized, meaning that any candidate that will be fielded by LP will have to be approved LP Executive Committee under the leadership of Musa Hassan Bility.
On its own, leadership under Bility has continued with the political alliance under the banner of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) which she cemented with the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and processing of candidates have even begun under the CPP arrangement