17 October 2011

Liberia: Prince Johnson Turns Support to Prez Sirleaf

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Campaigning for President Sirleaf.

The standard-bearer of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP), Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson has pledged to support incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the run-off election that is soon to be scheduled by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, the National Elections Commission announced that there will possibly be a run-off going by the trend of results collated so far. And by the Commissions estimation, no single political party can attain the 50 plus 1 percent of the total votes in the October 11 election required for the presidential seat.

Senator Prince Johnson is currently third in the total results released so far and has 11% of the votes trailing the ruling Unity Party (UP) of President Sirleaf and the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Winston Tubman.

Much of his votes during the just ended Liberian general elections came from the Gio and Mano people of his county, Nimba. There is no reason yet stated why Prince Johnson who has over the past six years been a bitter political opponent and critic of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf supporting her in the second round.

According to the Nimba County Senior Senator through a community based radio (Kergheamahn) in Ganta, he would be going there to thank the people for their support to him during the elections and make a final declaration of support to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

He had earlier said if he does not win the first round, he would examine the two leading parties and choose the one he believes would deliver Liberia from its current state.

Senator Johnson in 2005 was a member of the Unity Party, but defected when he was beaten by one of his kinsmen, Nyan Martin in the senatorial primary in Saclepea, Nimba County. He went as an independent candidate and received the highest votes in the county and even the entire country among senatorial candidates.

The turning of support to Madam Sirleaf by Prince Johnson gives a clear picture of the incumbent President's victory in the expected second round of presidential elections as Nimba is the second highest populated county in Liberia and can swing victory into the hands of the president.

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