One of such cases is in the nation’s sixth most populous county, Grand Bassa with a stanch member of the UP, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell, who openly stated that her support would not be based on party line, because the county’s interest comes first.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this paper following a news conference in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County covered by the county’s leading online television outlet, Ablee-Jay TV, Madam Duncan-Cassell, an immediate past Minister of Gender, said the UP being part of the CPP doesn’t she would support anyone wanting their “retirement job".
"In this 2020, let me be very clear, we are not going to give people their retirement job so. While I support women in politics, that doesn’t mean that I am going to support any woman who served for many years but has nothing to show,” stated the former Grand Bassa County Superintendent.
"Grand Bassa County is not prepared to give anyone their retirement job this 2020.Let me be clear here, I am a member of the Unity Party that is also a part of the Collaborating Parties, but I am not going to support anyone wanting their retirement job. People need to prove what they have done for the county before they can get elected,” she indicated.
The assertion by the former UP stalwart seems clearly a direct jibe to incumbent Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, having being the one to serve for the past eight years after succeeding the late Thomas Whitefield, who died in 2012.
Aside from being the incumbent and ruling for eight years, Sen. Karnga-Lawrence is presumptive CPP candidate in the race, owing to the fact that Grand Bassa is a slot given to the LP under the collaboration.
Madam Duncan-Cansell has over years had strong bond of friendship with Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Milton Gbezohngar Findley, who tipped to be Sen. Karnga-Lawrence’s major challenger, having being petitioned to contest the Senate in the ensuing election.
However, Madam Duncan-Cassell said in spite the friendly political tie that has subsisted between them, he too must show some tangibles because her interest is the county and not individual or county.
Asked by this paper whether she intends to contest the election, she noted that the will of the people supersedes all decision, but as of now, she has not decided or intended to contest.
The latest political tension in Grand Bassa coupled with wrangling in other counties is a clear indication that the CPP is threading a dangerous path.
It is expected that the acting chairman of the Council of Patriots (COP), Mr. MenipaikaiDumoi, who is a member LP and the CPP by extension, would contest the Bong County Senatorial race as an Independent after being petitioned recently in the county.
Though the CPP does not have a sitting Senator contesting the county, Deputy Speaker Prince Moye of the UP is the preferred candidate for the CPP as the Bong County slot is said to have been given to the UP.