UP Takes Radical Stand -Members To Turn Enmasse at NEC; JNB Speaks Today

It appears that the opposition Unity Party has decided to adopt a different approach moving forward with the situation surrounding its participation in the ensuing bye-election in Lofa County which is being seen as a litmus test to determine how serious it intends to exert itself in the political process in the country.

Despite having its legal  representation at the National Elections Commission to resolve whether it will be eligible to field a candidate for the Lofa County bye-election or not, the party on its own has been taking steps to make sure its nominated candidate, Galakpai Kortimai appears on the ballot during the May 10, 2022 with the leaders of the party in recent times getting more involved to provide direction to its huge support base on what it intends doing henceforth.

What has become the point of discussion for the past week has been the decision of its political leader and standard bearer, former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai to lead the party and its followers this time from the front and not from the rear, which according to some of the partisans, have not help the party to confront most of the problems that have impeded the progress of the institution.

Mr. Boakai set the ball rolling when immediately after  NEC denied the party’s motion to dismiss the complaint brought against UP by the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to field any candidate in the bye election in Lofa, he addressed the media to assure partisans and supporters of UP that whatever the cause may occurred, UP would field Galakpei because according to him there is nothing he has done to affect the participation.

Few days later, the Chairman of the party, Amin Moda, as a sign of radical departure from being actively involved in addressing burning national issues hosted a major press conference at the Headquarters of the party during which he reaffirmed the resolve of the party to stand by Kortimai and ensure it deploys all its resources earmarked for the bye election and return victorious.

With the rumor making the rounds that NEC may not certify Kortimai to contest the election, the party has announced two important events billed to take place today and they are meant to provide policy direction to its supporters. The first was a release calling on all partisan and supporters of UP to turn out and march to NEC to witness the ongoing legal proceedings taking place to determine the eligibility or otherwise of the party’s candidate to the bye election.

According to the second release, the political leader will address a press conference by 8 am at his office and is expected to discuss the current situation at NEC as well as other issues that are affecting the party. It is expected that Mr Boakai will provide updates on what the party is pursuing next.

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