Monrovia-Ahead of the 2023 Presidential and general elections in Liberia, Nimba County’s charismatic, flamboyant and controversial politician and former war-lord, Prince Y. Johnson, alias “PYJ” has openly endorsed the re-election bid of President George Weah. According Johnson who is also incumbent Senator of Nimba, the people of Nimba County are standing with President George Manneh Weah.
Speaking on Monday, February 15, 2021, at a Town-Hall meeting held in Gompa City, Nimba County, Senator Prince Johnson assured the Liberian leader of Nimba people’ unwavering support for his second term bid, citing scores of development projects the Weah-led Government has implemented in Nimba and other parts of the country as reasons for the pledge.
Despite intense criticisms from members of the opposition community in the country against the Weah-led administration for alleged poor governance, Senator Johnson’s political party, Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), maintains that President Weah is the man best suited for the job in 2023.
Sen. Johnson: “Mr. President, please do not doubt our loyalty to you, we, the citizens of Nimba are with you. It is better to be with the ‘Devil you know than the Angel you have not seen,’” he declared amidst a huge applause by a surging crowd of onlookers.
According to Senator Johnson, though he campaigned initially for President Weah in 2005 against former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; he later discovered in that same year that the former soccer legend turned President was unprepared for the job.
The controversial Nimba County Senator further asserted that Nimba did not also support President Weah in 2011 because he succumbed his ambition for the Presidency to a ‘popo man’ or stranger, something he said, the people of Nimba never wanted.
“The opposition people have been saying to me that I supported a President in 2017, and yet the people of Nimba are crying for development; but they don’t know, here we are today, talking about meaningful developments which are being undertaken by the Weah’s administration in Gompa and other parts of the county,” Senator Johnson further told the huge gathering.
Senator Johnson who described the President as an ‘Ally’ said he will remain committed and supportive to the Coalition for Democratic Change led government because, according to him, the people of Nimba believed that government next to God.
However, the people of Nimba, according to the Senator, are in dire need of more ministerial positions in the Weah led government, urging the President to consider such plead in his reshuffle plan.
“Mr. President, with the exception of Cooper Kruah who is from Nimba and serving as Minister of Post and Telecommunications, we don’t have any son from our county serving top Ministerial position,” Sen. Johnson said.