The news was welcomed and received with glee but just four days after the deal got underway, supporters of the Liberty Party (LP) of Charles W. Brumskine and All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman, Benoni Urey are trading diatribe in complete contravention of the communiqué.
The Ganta Declaration states clearly that “opposition political parties that are signatories to this declaration hereby make a seldom pledged not to castigate or denigrate each other in any manner and form. In the event of disagreement among or between political parties the matter shall be referred to the joint technical committee for resolution”.
The proviso notwithstanding, a stalwart of the LP, Abraham Darius Dillon, took to social media stating that minutes after the famous Ganta declaration was signed Urey is breaching the pact.
“We are just from Ganta and committed ourselves to the declaration - less than 24hrs Urey is breaching the spirit and intent, thereof.
I have posted in here several social media postings of folks from Urey's camp clearly undermining the objective of these talks,” Dillon indicated.
The LP strongman accused Mr. Urey of using his close aide Henry Costa to attack his Political Leader, Cllr. Brumskine and the Liberty Party on Shaita FM 102.5.
“I am not gonna say a word; I do not want to be the alibi people will use to blame us, but this cannot be allowed to continue,” he pointed out.
Dillon’s comments were in direct response to an earlier post from Henry Costa in which he branded LP as “regime collaborator.”
Costa posted on his Facebook page: “I regret to inform you all that the much talked-about meeting of opposition political parties in Ganta, Nimba County, was a failure. “Nothing was accomplished. They met, lectured, ate and drank. No goals were set, and certainly no plans to advance the conversation for a possible coalition for 2017. It is a sad day for Liberia. “I don't trust the Liberty Party which is a regime collaborator.”
The friction between two of the signatories to the communiqué is prescient to what many political commentators felt, that the Ganta meeting would hit rock bottom.
For instance, the acting National Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Siafa Saah Gbollie told Capitol FM Monday that members of the opposition who gathered in Nimba were “pretenders” who are not true to themselves.
“They pretend and show you smiling face but their hearts are different. We in the NDC are not pretenders. That is why we are called clean politicians,” Mr. Gbollie said.
Notwithstanding, he averred that the gathering is good for the state but jibed that the NDC was celebrating along with the Unity Party because they are going strictly for the first round victory.
Recently, the NDC pledged its support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
The acting NDC Chairman said his party sees VP Boakai as a “reconciler”.
“The gathering in Ganta only means that we may have second round. We are not afraid. We are happy because Liberians can feel that we will have a competitive election and that is what we want. The question now is who will hold the bull by the horn. For us we are clear, and we have a presidential candidate. We pray that they select a single candidate because we want them to know that we have the ability, techniques, professional people, that will lead this process for Joseph N. Boakai,” Gbollie stressed.
He emphasized that without an opposition coalition, VP Boakai will win first round, adding that if the opposition throws dust on the Liberian Vice President, the NDC is prepared to throw mud back at anyone.
“Any attack on the Vice President is an attack on the NDC and we will respond heavily,” the Acting NDC Chairman said.
He took a sweep at LP’s political leader Brumskine describing him as an “unserious politician” who cannot be trusted with state power.
“There is no way you can divorce the Liberty Party from the president because she empowers officials of the party. Brumskine is just a stranger in this business; he is just coming to the opposition. We have been in this business for years,” Mr. Gbollie said when he appeared as guest on the Capitol Breakfast Club radio program on Capitol FM 89.7.