The New Dawn (Monrovia)

23 December 2013

Liberia: Nathaniel Williams Campaigns for PYJ

River Gee County ex-senator Nathaniel Williams has joined the campaign effort of Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County, who seeks reelection in the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

Former Sen. Williams, who claimed to have grown up in Nimba, has vowed to rally the people of Nimba to re-elect the incumbent Prince Johnson. e told the NewDawn that Sen. Johnson is the right man for the County, adding that Johnson is the only person who has Nimba County at heart.

Speaking to the NewDawn over the weekend, former Sen. Williams appealed to members of the Gio and Mano tribes to reconcile all differences and unite to focus on the reconstruction of the county. The controversial ex-Senator, who lost the 2011 election, described Johnson as a son of the soil, who deserves re-election.

Despite being recommended along with others for prosecution in the final report of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission or TRC as perpetrators of hideous crimes during the country's horrific civil war, Johnson remains popular in his home county Nimba, which elected him Senator in 2005 and supported his presidential bid six years later in 2011, enabling him to secure 12.5 percent of the total votes cast in the elections.

The former leader of the rebels INDFL founded the National Union for Democratic Progress or NUDP in 2011 and contested for the Presidency, coming third, but a bitter division in the party seems to have reduced his popularity, particularly among kinsmen with fellow lawmakers, who helped ran his campaign now distancing themselves.

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