The leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, says he is not being courted by Vice President Joseph Boakai as a running mate in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, the Voice of America (VOA) reported yesterday.
Earlier this month Boakai was nominated at the ruling Unity Party (UP) Gbarnga Convention to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose second term of office expires January, 2018. Mr. Brumskine, who competed and lost in the last two presidential elections, says he and other opposition parties look forward to changing the leadership of Liberia from the governing UP to an opposition party, hopefully his Liberty Party (LP).
He’s willing to work with other parties to come up with a united ticket against the ruling party, Brumskine says. “There’s no way that as an opposition party we will be associated with the ruling party in the 2017 elections. It is simply rumors, and as has been in the past, the tactics of the UP trying to distract the voters from the real issues. Let me make it unequivocally clear, we’re not associated with the ruling party. We’re not going to run on the same ticket. We look forward to changing the leadership from the ruling party to an opposition party, hopefully led by the Liberty Party,” he told the VOA’s James Butty.
It had also been rumored that Brumskine would team up with Liberian football legend George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). Both Weah and Brumskine contested the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections individually and lost to President Sirleaf.
But Brumskine says he is willing to put aside his own presidential aspiration to work with other opposition political parties to come up with a united ticket against the ruling party. “We hope very much that we will be able to build an opposition coalition to oppose the ruling party,” Brumskine said.