We Are Not Begging For Merger -LUP’s John Kerkulah Cooper
“We are not begging Unity Party or any political party for that matter for any merger. What we are seeking is a credible united front to take state power in Liberia,” were the words of the Chairman of the Liberia Unification Party, John Kerkulah Cooper.
Reacting to a front page story of this paper headlined: “Breakaway LUP Somersaults” in its Wednesday, 14 June edition of this paper, Chairman Cooper denied holding any discussions or negotiations with the new Unity Party to enter its recent merger.
He said LUP wanted a merger that would be done in a better, respectable and peaceful fashion, instead of the interest of a privileged few, who believe that without them, no institution or Liberia can make progress.
Cooper recounted how Isaac Mannah, Cletus Sieh, Jeremiah Solunteh and one Getee Solunteh, all of the other faction approached them for decision to join them at the Ganta Convention in May, but to no avail.
“They approached us at my center in Paynesville adjacent the SKD Sports Stadium, having been sent there by their party to do so, but we told them that we could not accommodate their discussions,” the LUP Chairman noted.
He told this paper that their standard-bearer, Dr. Shelton Beedoe, Liberia’s only nuclear scientist, was sacked this year from the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Liberia for his decision not for LUP to join the UP merger.
“Beedoe was sacked for been LUP’s Presidential Candidate. The UL administration took the decision in April this year, having held conversations with him under the pretense of sending him for 6-months training in Mexico,” Cooper intimated.
The LUP Chairman, also a Former Chairman of the Liberian People’s Party or LPP indicated that the proposed Democratic Alliance has approached his party for a united front.
He also noted that the proposed Grand Coalition, which includes the Liberia National Union, National Patriotic Party and Congress for Democratic Change, among others, has been in discussion with LUP for a united force in pursuit of state power in 2011.
Cooper, did not however, disclose the results of these discussions with the DA and Grand Coalition.