Mr. Goodridge said as the country moves towards elections in 2017, the TWP is in readiness to begin the process of mobilizing its members, and conducting consultative meetings with other political parties as part of the electoral process.
The TWP Chairman made the statement on Monday at the party’s headquarters on Ashmun and Lynch Streets in Monrovia when he met with some journalists.
The Government of Liberia in 2009 reportedly declared eminent domain over the TWP building due to its dilapidated condition. The building was allegedly given to the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for use.
The TWP Chairman and other members later took the government to court for what they termed as “hijacking the property of the party”, and therefore petitioned the court to prevail on the government to show cause why imminent domain power shall be placed over their property.
According to Mr. Goodridge, the court invited both parties to hearings but nothing has been done about their complaint. As a result, GSA Director General Mary T. Broh has fenced the building and deployed EPS Guards to safeguard the property.
He said they don’t know the intent of the government for deploying EPS guards on the compound of the building.
He said the presence of the security guards at the facility is scaring people away and the building is deteriorating further, with the compound gradually becoming food center for CBL workers.
The True Whig Party, founded 1869, is the oldest political party in Liberia. Since its formation, the party has dominated Liberian politics from 1878 until 1980 to the extent that the country was virtually a one party state, which ideology was heavily influenced by that of the United States Whig party.
The former Information Minister in the erstwhile government of Charles Taylor, has threatened to further take legal action against the Government if Government fails to turn over the facility to the party.