MONROVIA: It seems folks at the former ruling Unity Party (UP) continue to prove critics right—that all the political fight that are involved with is not necessarily for the sake of change or “rescue” as they claim, but a desperate desire to regain their places at the National Dinner Table and turn public service into personal fortune. Even while they are trailing in the October 10 polls, with victory essentially not in immediate range, stalwarts of the party have been scrambling over who gets what position, and there are reports of fiery temperaments amongst them against each other. Evidence of the fight has come in a leaked list of supposed potential officials of a Unity Party Government, and there is reportedly bickering amongst stalwarts. It had to take of all persons, Representative Yekeh Kolubah, to sound a call to reason, that they must stop, first win the elections before engaging in what appears to be looming cosmic fight for jobs. The Analyst reports.
War has broken out in the camp of the Unity Party as stalwarts fuss over jobs, according to insiders who briefed The Analyst.
According to the account, the first list drafted by a group of UPists as the “government in waiting” after their supposed win of the pending elections has backfired, and many are angry to the extent that leaked it on social media to generate more negative public feedback.
Both the authoring of the list without the inputs of others and the leaked other another group have culminated into the exchange of harsh words amongst campaign officials of the party. They tend to keep the conflict extremely secret.
But controversial Representative of District #10, Montserrado County, Yekeh Kolubah, would not keep it out of media or public knowledge. Upon hearing that UP officials were at each other’s throats, Mr. Kolubah, as usual went wild, called a few journalists and lashed out against the leadership of the Unity Party, including the Presidential candidate, Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai.
Kolubah said the UP officials were abandoning the cause of winning the general elections and focusing on sharing jobs when there were very important things to address and handle as a way of avoiding the ruling establishment outsmarting them to victory.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Tuesday, October 17, 2023 on the grounds of the Capitol Building where the National Legislature reconvened to consider business for the last lap of the legislative year, he took a swipe at the former ruling party.
“I am saying everyone, I mean everyone in the leadership including all those who you to be in the leadership that they are selling out and I will not hide it,” he said. “And I am saying it to you now, I am talking to the leadership that they are betraying the masses because instead of them informing the people how many votes they have and how they are protecting the votes, they are running behind jobs.”
He continued: “They are not picking my calls because it is like they are not interested in winning the elections. They do not want to win the election first before talking about sharing jobs and that is too shameful.”
The ridiculously vocal lawmaker said that the leadership of UP were underrating the resolve of the ruling CDC to hang on to power at all cost and “they are encouraging CDC to do what they want to do to remain in power and continue deceiving and mistreating our people again”.
He said he would not hesitate to disappoint his supporters to either remain mute or travel to Ghana to be with his family once “the Unity Party people make that mistake for George Weah to be re-elected because it will be late to control the man”.
Kolubah growled: “Honorable Boakai this is the message I am sending over to you and members of the leadership of the party. This is not time to start chasing or dividing jobs. It is time to be telling the Liberian people how many votes we have won and when we know, we will not have to wait for NEC, we will start celebrating and NEC will be forced to announce the results”.
“When I got my tally sheets in my district that I have won, I declared myself and started to celebrate. NEC will announce theirs soon but for now I have my results which cannot be disputed,” he said. “Honorable Boakai, please take this seriously. You should know that we are fighting these people who want to steal our votes and you cannot sit down and think everything will be fair.”
He said it was too early to notice that some of the people who are on the rescue mission “are not for the Liberian people but are there for their own selfish reasons. We have not gotten to power, we are in the struggle with the CDC for power but you are sharing jobs and not picking my calls again. These are things you people can do and when I am ready to talk about them, you are vex and say all kinds of things.”
The lawmaker continued: “There are some things I will not talk about now but at the appropriate time, I will talk about them and it has nothing to do with whether I am in opposition or not. I can tell you that we are doing the right thing and we should not deceive ourselves that we have already won the election. George Weah and his people are not ready to lose the elections although the Liberian people have lost confidence in them because they are corrupt, they have been stealing and that is what they want to continue doing.”
Asked whether the action he wants to take against the party could not be viewed as anti-opposition, Yekeh, as he is commonly being referred to, said he holds no loyalty to any special person or party but the Liberian people who he said are his primary constituency and on whose behalf he will do anything and could not transfer his loyalty to anyone.
“First of all, I am not a member of any party,” he stressed. “I ran and won my seat in my district, District #10. These are the people I owe my loyalty to and not any useless leader who is not willing to work for the interest of the Liberian people.
“This is about the Liberian people. So, if you came with the intention for job, we will talk about it and we will expose you. That is why I want Honorable Boakai and his people who are our leaders to start talking to the people to assure them that we will remove George Weah and bring in a better governance system.”