New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: PYJ Undeterred About Resignation

Senator Prince Yormie Johnson of Nimba County says he cares less about what people say concerning his recent resignation as the flag-bearer of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP).

"Whether they have accepted it (resignation) or not, I care less," the senator told reporters in a rather angry mood apparently referring to the feelings of NUDP party stalwarts over his resignation.

"I am the chief financier of the party; let them carry out the party's activities. I careless less," the senator said.

Senator Johnson also threatened to withdraw his supporters from the party which took the third place in the 2011 general and presidential elections.

Some executive committee members of NUDP said they were surprised to learn that the charismatic standard bearer was leaving the party without giving them a prior notice.

According to them, the senator's departure has closed the doors of the party headquarters. But he responded: "I don't waste my breadth on fiasco allegations; the party headquarters is there.

"I am going as an independent candidate for the senatorial election in 2014 and wherever I am my supporters around this country will go along with me," he said.

In an apparent reference to some executive members of the party, he said, "These are the people who came to the party to dilute my vision and try to undermine my administration and unseat me by carrying out anti-party activities. So I resigned to keep my integrity. They have been insulting all in this country and at 50 years old, I am the gospel of Jesus. I am self-respected and I support this government 100 percent. I don't want any trouble in my way that will distract my attention of rebuilding Liberia," Senator Johnson said.

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