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.

Copyright © 2013 The New Dawn. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.