“The Speaker comes from Bomi; Haja is from Bomi; Saytumah is from Bomi and he comes and says he wants to become president. Where else do you expect us to go? We have to stand by him. That is why the NPP and the LPDP are seriously collaborating and we will continue to do so,” Senator Johnson told newsmen last weekend.
The Bomi County strongman said he believes that Speaker Tyler has the requisite experience to take over from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in January, 2018.
Senator Johnson made the statement at ceremonies marking the dedication of a town hall in Bomi County.
“I want to be on record that we will ensure that the Speaker wins Bomi no matter what. We will give you our fullest support. And I know that Senator Morris Saytumah is also onboard in this regard.
He added that contrary to the perception that the Bomi County Legislative Caucus is divided, they are more united than anyone would imagine.
On his way to LPDP following his resignation from the ruling Unity Party, Speaker Tyler said “I have seen a party that is not power conscious, but service conscious. I have seen a party that wants to make a difference in Liberia since 1847."
"I have seen partisans with the spirit of collectivity, tenacity of purpose, discipline, vision for a new Liberia and dream to make Liberia great. I have seen a party that seeks to give power to the people through pragmatic, uncomplicated and workable decentralization system, not to take it away," he said.
While the LPDP gains political strength with a nationwide tour and showcasing its preparedness financially with the display of brand new vehicles, the long tenure of Tyler as Speaker of the House of Representatives is one factor that will come to hurt his political ambition.
During these years, critics of the House Speaker indicated that the National Legislature ratified dozens of agreements without proper scrutiny awarding concessions to companies that lack the capacity to invest.
The case of Buchanan Renewable Energy, Broadway Consolidated Plc and other hand bag companies that were awarded concessions in Liberia with the legislature ratifying their agreements at fast speed are all some of the factors likely to hurt the Tyler campaign.
An audit by Moore Stephens, an international auditing firm found that the National Legislature ratified more than 50 agreements that did not meet the requirements of Liberian laws including the Public Procurement and Concession Commission and other laws.