The opposition Liberty Party has described as “disappointing and shamefully embarrassing lie” assertion by Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Julia Duncan Cassel, that Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has been holding secret meetings with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for a possible collaboration come 2017 where he would serve as running mate to the ruling party’s presidential hopeful.
“Charles Brumskine is regularly seen going to negotiate with VP Joe Boakai for a second place in a merger talk,” Minister Cassell said on a local radio talkshow in Monrovia last week. Instantly, the Deputy Secretary General of LP, Mr. Abraham Darius Dillon, said: “it is one thing for ordinary people to spread rumor, make speculations and even spread unfounded lies, but when such rumor, speculations and unfounded lies are being spread and perpetrated by people of public and political status, it becomes disappointing and shamefully embarrassing.” The LP Deputy Chief Scribe added that Minister Cassell’s assertion is “outrageously unfounded and diabolical.” He stated that at no time has Cllr. Brumskine or anyone or group of persons acting in his name ever met or sat with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai himself and/or anyone or group of persons representing his interest to hold any such discussions. “Even VP Joe Boakai knows this is false and he may begin to view you henceforth as a dishonest and treacherous person. Whatever political game you are playing or motivations you sought to achieve by spreading this falsehood must be rethought. You need to desist and rather focus on your duties and responsibilities as Minister of Gender,” Dillon said in a social media Facebook post. In addition to Dillon’s bashing, Liberty Party Secretary General Jacob Smith said Minister Julia Duncan Cassell’s statement is a “pure girlish exhibition” that does not resemble the thinking of his party and well meaning Liberians. The LP SG Smith told newsmen in an interview that the comments from Minister Cassell is preposterous, and called on the Gender Minister not to use other political parties to seek gravy from either the Vice President or the Unity Party Government. The Gender Minister who is also reportedly seeking the chairmanship of the Unity Party at the upcoming convention also said there are several political parties including the Liberty Party that are seeking merger with the Unity party for the 2017 October general and presidential elections in the country. The Liberty Party SG clarified that his party has not made any attempt to meet the UP to discuss any issue which has to do with merger as was insinuated by the Gender Minister. He said under the Liberia democratic principles his party remains firm in pursuing democratic dialogue with relevant political institutions, and such will not be done in the cover of darkness. Mr. Smith said the statement made by Madam Cassell strongly suggests that the UP is making plans to politically seek assistance from LP. He noted that if such plan is going on within the Unity party, LP is prepared as a formidable political institution to welcome it, but the issue of LP losing its identity to UP is non-negotiable. Mr. Smith called on his partisans and well wishers not to think on such statement from the Gender Minister.