Gbarpolu Lawmaker In The Cold…For Dual Partisanship
By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
Gbarpolu County District # 3 Representative, Gertrude T. Lamin, has placed herself in a state of perplexity with two major political parties in the country thus allowing her to be left in the cold. Rep. Lamin, former Superintendent of Gbarpolu County in 2009, now a lawmaker representing the people of district 3 in Gbarpolu County few weeks ago officially resigned from the ruling Unity Party (UP) which made her known in politics and has joined the Liberty Party (LP) of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.
Although Rep. Lamin did not attend the turning over ceremony, but her political officer represented her at the LP headquarters and officially told the public that his boss has informed him to declare her membership for the LP.
Media report says the lawmaker took the decision because she has decided to contest the Senatorial seat of the county in the pending October 2014 special election. Her plan is to unseat the incumbent UP Senator, Theodore Momo, but the party officers rejected her request based on grounds that UP has already endorsed Sen. Momo who is re-contesting. The report said,“ The UP decision to throw its weight behind Sen. Momo is part of its policy that anyone occupying a seat, and expresses interest to re-run, the party will support you.”
It was based on these decisions that Rep. Lamin got furious and immediately made up her mind to join the Liberty Party last month. Her resignation letter was sent to the party’s chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman while another copy was delivered to Gbarpolu County UP chair.
After her absorption by the Liberty Party (LP) in less than a month, Gertrude T. Lamin somersaulted and went to attend a Unity Party (UP) meeting held in Gbarpolu County. At that meeting, she was asked to leave because of her membership with another party (LP).
Sources from that meeting told the INQUIRER that Rep. Lamin was asked to re-apply for membership if she deems it necessary to return to UP; otherwise the party will never do business with her.
When the lawmaker was contacted via mobile phone on the Truth FM breakfast talk show last week, she responded saying, “No comment for now; I will talk when I am ready”. This uncalculated decision has made Rep. Lamin uneasy with her colleagues while sitting in session on Capitol Hill. Up to press time, she has not told the public whether all the assertions about her are false or not.