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PYJ Endorses JNB’s 2023 Bid… As UP Political Leader Unveils Running-Mate Friday

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By: H. Richard Fallah

MONROVIA: Nimba County’s charismatic Senator and former political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Prince Y. Johnson, alias “PYJ” has publicly endorsed the 2023 presidential bid of former Vice Present, Joseph Nyuma Boakai.

Speaking on Friday April 21, 2023, at his residence in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, the influential Nimba Senator reemphasized his disappointment in the manner and form in which the CDC-led government, headed by ex-soccer star, George Manneh Weah, is governing the country.

Senator Johnson said, President Weah as former Peace Ambassador for UNICEF, is yet to demonstrate the real symbol of who a good leader should be.

The Nimba Lawmaker called on all of the citizens of the county including Elders, Chiefs, women and youth groups among others to rise up and go all out in support of Unity Party (UP’s) standard bearer, Amb. Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s presidential bid.

Describing himself as the political Godfather in Nimba, Senator PYJ boasted of the huge influence that he and his MDR’s current political leader, Senator Jeremiah Koung, have in votes-rich Nimba County.

Senator Johnson: “My people are waiting for me right now for political direction, and that`s why I have come to call on all of them to join the rescue one.”
Meanwhile, the MDR founder said, no matter who Ambassador Joseph Nyuma Boakai chooses as his running-mate, he, PYJ, will not hesitate to support JNB.

The Nimba County Senator’s endorsement comes at a time the UP political leader, JNB, is expected to announce his running-mate on Friday, April 28, 2023, at the Unity Party Headquarters on Broad Street, in Monrovia.

PYJ encouraged Liberians to come out in their numbers and celebrate in the various streets and corners across the country, after the pronouncement of the running–mate of ambassador Boakai is named.

The political space for a collaboration opened between PYJ and JNB when both party leaders met on Thursday, February 16, 2023, and held talks at the home-office of the former VP in the Rehab Community, in Paynesville.

A statement issued by UP late Thursday evening indicated that the two national leaders “held critical discussions on matters of national concern, including the upcoming 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections”.

Another issue of discussion that took center stage, according to the statement, was the “current poor state of National Governance by the CDC-led government and the future of Liberia”.

Though much could not be disclosed from the closed-door meeting, the UP noted that the two statesmen agreed that at a later date, they will inform the public of the details of their discussions.

PYJ halted support to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) few months ago, over the Weah-led government’s alleged failure to give jobs to the sons and daughters of Nimba County in line with a reported political agreement reached in 2017 to back President George Manneh Weah.

Senator Johnson: “Once again my fellow citizens of Nimba and supporters in Liberia, and around the World, we like to take this time to inform you that the agreement we signed with the CDC has come to an end!”

“So, for and on behalf of the great people of Nimba and all partisans of the MDR Political Party, we are now constrained to make this pronouncement that we are “HALTING OUR POLITICAL SUPPORT” to the Coalition!” Senator Johnson posted on his Facebook page.

PYJ’s claim against the incumbent government and his subsequent decision to halt support to President Weah has come at a strategic political period when Liberia is gearing up for crucial October 10 elections.

The Nimba County Senator who has been accused of trading Nimba votes to politicians, accused the CDC government of failing to adhere to the November 2017 agreement signed with the party when it gave its political support.

Senator Johnson claimed that in the alleged agreement, they signed up for top ministerial posts, managing director posts, and some ambassadorial positions to be given to Nimba.

He said the agreement called for President Weah to appoint sons and daughters from Nimba County to occupy these top positions.

PYJ: “Since the CDC-led government came to power in 2018, we are yet to see sons and daughters from our beloved Nimba County in those top senior positions we agreed upon and signed a document as evidence.”

“The citizens of Nimba have for the past five years been knocking at my door for the president to appoint them, and we have used all diplomatic means and have consistently engaged this CDC-led government,” Johnson explained.

In his post, the Nimba Senator emphasized that as a former general in the army, he believes in agreement and don’t like to betray what he has agreed upon.”

The support of Senator Johnson, popularly known as PYJ, helped to usher in the CDC administration in 2018 after ensuring an overwhelming victory during the 2017 elections with over 64% votes.

Recently, PYJ stood aside as the political leader of the MDR, relinquishing power to Senator Jeremiah Koung who is also a sitting Senator of Nimba County.

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