The National Primaries of the People’s Unification Party, commonly known as the Native People’s Party, have ended with nine senatorial candidates emerging victorious. Those who were elected on white ballots to run on the party’s tickets in the 2014 senatorial race are, Grand Gedeh’s George S. Bolay; Lofa’s Sumo G. Kupee; Gbarpolu’s Fatuma M. Zinnah; River Gee’s Charles Bardyl and Margibi’s Jim W. Tornonlay. Others are Maryland’s Isaac Blalu Roland; Montserrado’s J. Lavela Supuwood; Grand Cape Mount’s Victor V. Watson and Rivercess’ J. Jonathan Banney.
Announcing the primaries’ result last Saturday, PUP’s acting Chairman, Senator Henry W. Yallah, thanked the delegates for making what he described as the right choices. He said those elected to run on the PUP tickets are highly trained or well educated professionals who had exercised high degree of honesty and patriotism in their places of works over the years.
The Bong County lawmaker called on the downtrodden natives to be mindful of highly corrupt individuals who are in the habit of using their ill-gotten money to shoot their ways into state-power. Senator Yallah said the PUP is the only option available to the people to transform Liberia for the better; adding that “make no mistake; only the indigenous people can turn this country into a developed country.” He said the party will do whatever it takes to ensure victory for the PUP candidates.
A PUP release then reiterated the party’s mission to make sure that down-trodden indigenous people democratically ascend to state-power in Liberia. According to the release, the PUP was born as a result of the indigenous people’s desire to build a political institution that will prepare national leaders; thus taking Liberia away from the scenario in which political parties are built around lifetime presidential candidates.
PUP said it is seeking those indigenous people with the leadership ability to lead Liberia but not those who are corrupt and morally bankrupt and also not those who cannot intellectually discern the country’s political reality from the appalling economic condition of the people.
“Gone are the days when the minority will manipulate the majority to continue ruling at the detriment of the people. And in the words of a US diplomat, David Park: ‘There are more good people in Liberia than bad people. It is now time for the good people to lead’,” the PUP release concluded.