By Edwin G. Wandah
The political leader of the National Union for Democratic Progress, Prince Y. Johnson has resigned as Standard Bearer of the Party.
According to Senator Prince Y. Johnson, his resignation was based on the continuous rigmarole within the party by members and their disrespectful behavior which has brought the party to public ridicule by leaders and their failure to set good examples for others to emulate.
Speaking to many Liberians on the various streets of Monrovia, our reporter vividly saw on the faces of women, men and the youths deeply regretting the decision of their Senator Johnson, with feelings of sympathy for the ‘Oldman’ as he is affectionately called.
Our reporter also saw chiefs and elders congratulating Senator Prince Yormie Johnson for the latest decision to step aside as a political leader of NUDP considering him as a hero and a great leader.
“We are disappointed in some of our leaders,” Samuel Kollie said. “What has Senator Prince Johnson done so much that those so-called leaders in our party are always on his back with no palpable reason?” he wondered.
Another Kou Suah said, “Senator Johnson took the right step in relinquishing his status to calm these noisy people who are always disrespecting him for no reason”.
Senator Prince Y. Johnson, after returning from Nigeria, contested the 2005 Elections as an Independent Senatorial Candidate and overwhelmingly won in Nimba County thereby being one of the first Liberian to massively sweep many votes in a given elections.
After being petitioned to contest the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, Senator Prince Y. Johnson came third behind George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change-CDC and Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Unity Party.
According to Mark Dahn, a university student in Monrovia, Senator Johnson is well known for his political tactics and experience which many wrongly consider him to be unpredictable.
Mark said Senator Prince Yormie Johnson’s National Union for Democratic Progress-NUDP has been facing serious internal conflicts involving the political leader Senator Prince Yormie Johnson on one hand and hosts of party officials becoming bitter against him.
According to him, after the first rounds of the 2011 General and Presidential Elections, Senator Johnson told the BBC that he foresaw two evils; George Weah becoming the greatest evil while Madam Sirleaf remains as the lesser evil.
Mark said, Senator Johnson’s point was that the CDC was dominantly Southeasterners advocating for the War Crimes Court, wanting to prosecute all those directly involved with the Liberian Civil War, but for Madam Sirleaf, her Government comprised people from the entire country, and had no hidden agenda.
Mark said the entire leadership excluding Senator Prince Yormie Johnson went to CDC including NUDP National Chairman Gbawou Kowou, Secretary General Metriess Mendee and Eric Gbermie, while the Senator took another turn to Unity Party, and that brought bitter division within the party, leading to the officials going to court.