NPP Chairman Biney Roasts Weah, VP Taylor, Rallies Support for Boakai-Koung Ticket
MONROVIA – The Chairman of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), Senator James Biney of Maryland County says it is time to rescue the country from the CDC-led government by voting the Unity Party’s Boakai-Koung ticket comes October 10, 2023.
The NPP is a constituent member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). He played a pivotal role in crafting document that formed the ‘Grand Coalition’ that led to its resounding victory in the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
Senator Biney is also credited for revamping the NPP, has been at loggerhead with the party’s political leader, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor.
The power struggle between the two top officials degenerated into an acrimonious internal wrangling that split the party at its biennial convention last year.
All efforts exerted by the Governing CDC and President George Weah ended in vain. And when Senator Biney boycotted the signing ceremony where the three constituent parties within the CDC reaffirmed their commitment to stay together for the upcoming elections, it was crystal clear that he and his supporters would go their separate ways.
So, on Tuesday, the vocal NPP Chairman joined several Senators in the joint chamber of the Legislature to witness the event marking the Legislative Staffers’ endorsement of the Boakai-Koung ticket.
In a bold statement at the event, Senator Biney stated that the CDC led-government headed by ‘footballing’ President George Weah has dismally failed the Liberian people.
Biney said most of the developments that the President Weah and his team are bragging about were all initiated by the Unity Party-led government of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ex-VP Joseph Nyumah Boakai.
He said he and others offered their candid pieces of advice to President Weah and his team, but it fell on deaf ears.
The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Liberian Senate used the occasion and called on all Liberians to support the Boakai-Koung ticket, and urged the electorates, especially first-time voters not to be carried away by money that will be used by the ruling party to buy their votes.
“Our major challenge is the first-time voters because the CDC led-Government is now using money to encourage the children to vote them. So, if parents should see it as their responsibility to guide the little ones because they are in great numbers and election is about numbers- remember that children be carry away by what they see,” he said.
The Maryland County Senator indicated that southeastern counties that boast top officials of the Weah-led government are the least developed counties in the country. He said there is no good road network.
He frowned on President Weah for doing little or nothing to improve the lives of the ordinary people, yet considers himself the best President Liberia has ever had, something he termed as troubling.
“You praise yourself for building markets but go see the Railey Town that was built under the Samuel K. Doe, you come built mid shaft you call it market, if you building a market at this time it should be better than Doe time, somebody say you was there and let me say to you that we advise over and over but our voice were never heard.”
I heard people saying that the Government is doing the RIA road but the road from RIA junction to Buchannan Grand Bassa County and many roads were done by the former Unity Party’s administration. You are building sub-standard roads than making noise all over the place.”
Commenting on the crisis within the NPP, the embattled Chairman has described Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor’s faction of the National Patriotic Party as lawless Partisans adding that both groups can’t be on the same side.
By Emmanuel Toe