The flow of traffic in Monrovia and its environs was intermittently impeded on Saturday, August 9, 2017 when partisans and supporters of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) led by their standard bearer Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine and vice standard bearer Mr. Harrison Karnwea launch their official campaign in Montserrado County ahead of the October elections.
The launch, which brought together thousands of partisans and supporters from every nook of Montserrado, was held at the party headquarters along Tubman Boulevard, Oldest Congo town, where partisans had gone to listen to the standard bearer, who they think can better transform Liberia. In a brief chart with an LP partisan Anitta Doe, who resides in Brewerville, she notes that her support for the party is based on its platform, saying “I think Cllr. Brumskine can better deliver Liberians from the hands of the 12 years of bad leadership.”
“This time around, we are not going to number three, but rather we already number one from this crowd today, there is nothing or a political party that will stop the victory of the Liberty party”, Madam Doe expresses with optimism.
Cllr. Brumskine, who made a U-turn in politics in 2016 after he had publicly resigned in 2011 after he lost the election to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and earlier in 2005.
Upon his return to politics, he told the Liberian general public that his coming into politics is because he is the most suitable person to replace President Sirleaf, fight corruption and create equal opportunities for all Liberians, including physically challenged and the elderly.
The LP standard bearer, who is one of 20 candidates contesting in the upcoming presidential election, sees himself as the only favorable candidate in the race to replace President Sirleaf.
Also speaking to this paper, another female partisan Mrs. Theresa Koon, says she believes in the ideology of Cllr. Brumskine, noting he is the only candidate in the race that can end the suffering of the Liberian people.
“As you can see the crowd here today, it is a clear indication that the Liberty Party is heading for victory come October, we are ready to take state power, and absolutely nothing can stop our victory”, Mrs Koon asserts.
According to her, the turnout from her district is a demonstration that the Liberty Party is certain to take power from the ruling establishment, saying, “With the number of partisans and supporters here at this launch, we’re moving to the nation’s highest seat.” Cllr. Brumskine contested in the 2011 elections, but failed to match his performance in 2005, finishing a distant fourth with only five percent of the total vote cast.
He had earlier vied for the Presidency in 2005, pledging to reconcile the country after years of civil war. for his part, Adolphus Toe notes that the Liberty Party has gained full momentum, and that this time around, it appears confident of a much better performance following the selection of Harrison Karnwea, former head of the Forestry Development Authority as Brumskine’s vice standard bearer, adding his selection can give us the much desire victory the LP needs.
By Lewis S. Teh