19 October 2011

Liberia: Prince Johnson Explains Why He Supports Ellen, Not Tubman

Prince Yormie Johnson, standard-bearer of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP), has explained why he supports incumbent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the ruling Unity Party(UP) instead of her main challenger, Cllr. Winston A. Tubman of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) in the ensuing November 8, 2011 presidential run-off. Senator Johnson Tuesday announced that he would support the UP in the ensuing presidential run-off.

Senator Johnson told the BBC that he could not support the Cllr. Winston A. Tubman- Amb. George M. Weah ticket because as he put it, Amb. Weah had refused to be his running mate in the lead to the presidential election.

He said Weah rejected him supposedly because he was listed by the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as one of the "most notorious perpetrators" of the Liberian armed rebellion.

According to him, many of those in the CDC camp had been advocating for war crimes and that it would be strange for him to support the CDC.

The Tubman-Weah ticket, Senator Johnson said, does not "reflect reconciliation."

"All of them have jumped in one camp and that camp does not reflect reconciliation. Many of those in the camp had been advocating for war," the NUDP presidential candidate asserted.

Commenting on his decision to support incumbent President Johnson-Sirleaf, the NUDP presidential candidate said the Liberian leader is the "lesser of the two evils".

He said it is better for him to support President Johnson-Sirleaf for six years than to support Cllr. Tubman for 12 years.

On the question of whether he has been offered something in exchange for his support, the Nimba County Senior Senator said nothing has been offered in exchange for his support.

Among other things, the NUDP standard-bearer added that he is interested in "power sharing" and would not demand money in return for his support to the President.

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