For the third time in 10 years, politician Emmanuel Lomax leaves another political party for what he claims “fundamental policy difference” with the Political Leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), businessman, Benoni Urey. Mr. Lomax is the organizing Chairman of the ALP.
Emmanuel Lomax, former Director General of the General Service Agency (GSA) in the despotic regime of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) resigned from the NPP following the 2005 elections and moved to the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) then of Senator Prince Y. Johnson. He left the NUDP for similar reason and founded the ALP.
According to Mr. Lomax, he resigned from the ALP due to what he calls “nepotistic posture” adopted by the Standard Bearer of the party, Mr. Benoni Urey, at the recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County. Lomax alleged that his former party’s political leader controlled voters, especially his wife and children directing them which ballot box to vote in.
Making the announcement of his resignation over the weekend, the ALP former Chairman said Mr. Urey is using his purported “ill-gotten wealth” in Liberia to individually preordain the party without the due process of democracy and regard for the ALP’s constitution.
Early this year, ALP had its convention in Central Liberia with former Senator Theodore Momo emerging as chairman of the party, defeating Mr. Emmanuel Lomax.
After the Gbarnga convention, Mr. Lomax claimed that he was cheated in the process and that he would stick to the institution notwithstanding.
The former Chairman of the ALP in his press statement in Gbarnga after the convention said although the convention was characterized by fraud, he still remains a member and founder of the ALP; but he will not accept anything outside of democratic principles.
Addressing a news conference, Mr. Lomax said Mr. Urey is using the party as his personal establishment to the extent that he decides who becomes chairman and other officials; and gives authority to relatives that have no experience in politics.
He noted that the attitude of Mr. Urey clearly demonstrates dictatorial carriage if he becomes President in 2017.
Mr. Lomax averred that his leaving the party has opened another political perforation which he observes could lead the party to total breakdown in the future.
Meanwhile, many supporters at the headquarters of the ALP in the Old Road community expressed total dismay over Mr. Lomax’s resignation stressing that it will create conflict within the party.
They appealed to the Chairman of the ALP Theodora Momo and his principle deputies to work assiduously to ensure that the bitterness of Mr. Lomax does not divide the party on factional grounds.
Hours after Mr. Lomax announced his resignation, the ALP in a statement acknowledged receipt of Lomax’s resignation letter on June 10, 2016.
“Mr. Lomax in his communication stated that his resignation was a result of “philosophical differences with the Political Leader and the Party”. In good faith, the National Chairman of the Party, Hon. J.S.B. Theodore Momo, Jr. on behalf of the Political Leader, the National Executive Committee and the entire membership of the All Liberian Party, replied Mr. Lomax thanking him for whatever services he may have rendered the Party,” the ALP statement added.
On the claims made against Mr. Urey, the ALP clarified that the former party chairman’s utterance is a complete misrepresentation and has no iota of truth.
The party said, “in truth, Mr. Lomax’s resignation, is a flight from justice, stemming from his fear of an intensive ongoing investigation based on numerous complaints emanating from citizens in all of the counties, in which he is the central mastermind of a rice scandal, ID Card fraud, and the embezzlement of funds totaling over $150,000. This investigation was commissioned by Hon. Benoni W. Urey, Political Leader of the All Liberian Party due to his zero tolerance on corruption.”
The ALP added: “the same representatives of the people that were victimized as a result of Lomax’s bad leadership were delegates that elected the officials of the Party at the All Liberian Party’s First National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County at which time Mr. Lomax was disgracefully defeated in his bid for the National Chairmanship. Interestingly, after the convention, Mr. Lomax and Chairman Momo appeared on a local radio station where Mr. Lomax pledged his unflinching support and loyalty to the Party. It is extremely regrettable that Mr. Lomax will choose at this time to make unsustainable allegations against the Party and the Political Leader.”
The party continued: “as Mr. Lomax plans his nationwide tour and consultations, the ALP and its Political Leader therefore urge all those defrauded through the ID card scheme orchestrated by Mr. Lomax as Chief Executive Officer and Principal Incorporator of the Friends of Benoni W. Urey Humanitarian and Educational Foundation (FOBU), to hold him (Lomax) personally accountable and responsible for their money and benefits as he did not remit one dollar to any institution and made no financial report to the All Liberian Party up to the time of his resignation.
The Party is fully aware of the historicity of the political gimmicks and machinations of Mr. Lomax, who has been the single most beneficiary of the Party’s resources and personal goodwill of Dr. Benoni W. Urey, Political Leader of the All Liberian Party. We therefore wish to urge all our loyal partisans, supporters and well-wishers at home and abroad to continue the Party’s vigorous recruitment program and not give credence to Mr. Lomax as he again displays his disposition of political prostitution from one party to another,” the ALP statement concluded.