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“Only Boakai Can Defeat Weah” …UP’s New Chairman Asserts

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MONROVIA: The erstwhile governing Unity Party (UP’s) newly elected National Chairman, Rev./Dr. J. Luther Tarpeh, has disclosed that in his next hundred days in office, he will promote reconciliation, restructuring of the party’s county structure and a robust recruitment process ahead of the crucial 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections.

Rev. Tarpeh told “Spoon FM –Phone –In talk show” Monday evening that, despite being a new comer in Liberian politics, he is prepared for the task and his transitioning into active politics is about love for the country and not himself.

According to him, for too long Liberia has suffered from politicians making decisions that are only in their selfish interests.

According to him, his interest is in a collaborative effort. Dr. Tarpeh strongly believes that former Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, is the only man fit from among Liberian opposition leaders to defeat President George Manneh Weah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in 2023.

Asked if he believes in the idea of opposition political parties forming a united front, he said: “We are aware that the Unity Party cannot take the seat of power in this country all by herself.”

“We will need to collaborate but as we go into such a venture, we need to find a winnable candidate, someone Liberians believe in, and for us as UPists, Ambassador Joseph Boakai is the person Liberian people would like and he is someone capable of defeating Weah,” he said .

Rev. Tarpeh pointed out that, there is a need for the opposition political parties in Liberia to come together to defeat President Weah in 2023.

“It is also important that we Liberians call a spade a spade, we need to rally around a winnable candidate because politics is about power for the improvement of the lives of the people,” the man of God-turned politician declared.

“I would send this call to all opposition leaders in Liberia that as we go to the table to discuss, the interest of Liberia should be paramount. It’s not about power for power’s sake, it is about redeeming our country, and as chairman, this will be the underlining factor for me in any discussion,” Chairman Tarpeh.

It can be recalled that, after months of intense politicking among partisans, the opposition Unity Party (UP) on Saturday, July 30, 2022 elected new officials that would pilot the affairs of the party for six years, with Rev. Luther Tarpeh emerging as the new National Chairman, defeating former Chairman Amin Modad, while Amos Tweh won as National Secretary, replacing Mo Ali.

Dabah Varpilah and Cornelia Kruah-Togba won unopposed as Senior Vice Chair and Vice Chair for Inter-Party and NEC Affairs respectively.

Former Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy defeated former Montserrado County lawmaker Josephine Francis for the position of Chairlady, National Women Congress, while Whroway Bryant clinched the position of Vice Chair for Membership, Mobilization and Recruitment.

Margibi County representative Ben Fofana is the UP’s new Vice Chair for Governmental and International Relationships, defeating Curtis Dorley.

Unity Party (UP) was started in 1984 by the late Dr. Edward B. Kesselly, also its first standard-bearer and it was officially founded in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. It was established on July 27, 1985, and it also participated in the first elections after the 1980 coup, running against the late President Samuel K. Doe in October 1985.

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