Cllr. Winston A. Tubman, one of Liberia’s political leaders says he is in search of a strong political institution or party from where he will contest the 2017 and Presidential Election.
Cllr. Tubman who contested on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) during the 2011 Presidential election said “I am looking for the right institution that I can operate from and come 2017 I will be an active and strong player.”
Cllr. Tubman, in an interview with the INQUIRER last weekend at the launch of the Liberia Investment and Advisory Associates incorporated in Congo Town said Liberia in political terms has a lot of challenges and it is left with the people to decide how these challenges can be solved.
Tubman, one of Liberia’s legal minds noted that the pending 2017 elections will be like the 1943 elections that brought President William V. S. Tubman to power.
He noted that now that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is no longer eligible to contest for the Presidency by virtue of the Liberian Constitution which requires only two terms for a President, people now need to be serious in their search for a good leader.
He said that politically this is an exciting time in the country’s history and there are many challenges ahead, noting that the real people that have the authority to effect change are the ordinary people.
He added that since there is an international spot focus on Liberia especially with the advent of the Ebola virus, Liberians should avoid conducting business as usual and real action and decisions must be made.
The legal practitioner who contested for the Liberian presidency twice and in vain responding to a question relative to him having confidence that the 2017 elections will be free and fair, replied, “It is up to us as a people because the international spotlight is now on us whether it is on us for good or bad reason we have to prove the contrary.”
Cllr. Tubman said while he intends to contest the Liberian Presidency for the third time it is the common people or the ordinary people that will make the decision to have one serve in the capacity they want to serve and as such he will be asking the people for their mandate.
Born in the Maryland County town of Pleebo, Cllr. Winston A. Tubman is the nephew of William V. S. Tubman, Liberia’s longest serving President. He has degrees from the London School of Economic, Cambridge University and Harvard University.
A member of the bar, he founded his own law firm in 1968 and served as legal adviser to the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs during his uncle’s administration.
Cllr. Winston Tubman has extensive United Nations (UN) experience with his first job being in the Legal Office in 1973.
Cllr. Tubman served under the administration of former President Samuel Doe as Justice Minister from 1982 to 1983 and he served as the Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations from 1979-81.
During the heat of the Liberian Civil war, Cllr. Winston Tubman traveled to the United States in 1990 on behalf of former President Doe to lobby the American government to intervene in the civil war.
Cllr. Tubman also served as the UN Secretary General’s representative and head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia 2002 to 2005.
Tubman was the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) presidential candidate in the 11 October 20095 elections. He was defeated in the first round, placing fourth with 9.2% of the vote.
On May 1, 2011, the CDC chose Tubman as its presidential candidate for the 2011 election, with George Weah the second-place candidate in the 2005 election, as his running mate.