In his letter dated November 19, 2016, the NPP stalwart said he is suspending his membership for “political reasons”. Senator Johnsnon serves as Vice Chairman for Administration of the National Patriotic Party.
It can recalled, Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson who happens to be the Political Leader of the newly formed Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) initiated the Ganta City gathering that paid host to Alex Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC); Monsterrado County Senator George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); Counselor Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP) and businessman Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP).
But even before the ink could get dry on the landmark Ganta Declaration document, the prediction of critics that the deal would hit the rock has already started to become manifest.
The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) was birthed on November 2, 2016 comprising of three opposition political parties: Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) and National Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to the progenitors, the overall goal of the group is to take over the mantle of authority of Liberia in 2017.
“For those who expected a coalition agreement as an outcome after the opposition parties meeting yesterday certainly set their expectations very high. The purpose of the meeting was to begin the conversation of a possible coalition and declaring a united front. Coalition starts with trust and trust starts with dialogues and actions,” Taa Wongbe, a key strategist and campaigner for Alex Cumming’s 2017 presidential bid, had stated at the time.
In any case, many analysts view Senator Johnson’s stance as indicative of the deep-seated internal wrangling that usually characterize the bottlenecks that obstruct political opposition from forging a unified front to seize state power through the ballot box.
“Instead of these people who call themselves opposition work together to see how best they can uproot the ruling Unity Party, they are busy fighting to bring one another down,” says Seltrue Siaway of New Kru Town. “When Joseph Boakai wins, then they will be crying foul,” he added.