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Prince Johnson resigns: NUDP accepts

By Edward Kennedy
former  NUDP's political leader, Senator Prince Johnson
former NUDP's political leader, Senator Prince Johnson

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-The National Union for Democratic Progress says it has accepted the resignation of its former political leader, Prince Johnson.

The official spokesman of the party, Eric Gbanmie, said: “The NUDP recognizes the enormous leadership role of Senator Johnson during his tenure as Standard Bearer and wishes him well.”

“Senator Johnson’s departure is not a blow to the party as it is stronger than ever before” Mr. Gbanmie added.

He dismissed the notion that the Senator’s popularity took the party to the third place during the 2011 general and presidential elections.

The former NUDP Political Leader, Senator Johnson blamed his resignation on the party’s inability to support his re-election during Nimba County up-coming mid-term senatorial election.

He said: “The Acting Leadership of the party, led by Benedict Bartuah, lacks adequate capacity to rally support for me during the election.”

“The Acting Chairman is conniving with my political enemies and deposed party officials to discredit my reputation,” the former Political Leader of the NUDP claimed.

“Mr. Bartuah and cohort’s action has the tendency to cause chaos in the party and destroy my hope and aspirations of taking the national leadership.”

Senator Johnson also noted: “As a popular politician, my followers are prepared to follow me to whatever party I choose to affiliate with during Liberia’s Presidential election.”

He urged his supporters to remain calm in the face of his resignation to avoid bringing the party into disrepute.

Mr. Gbanmie has clarified that Nimba is a county noted for supporting its candidates and as such, the county’s citizens will support the NUDP’s next political leader.

The UNDP spokesman told mylbsonline Wednesday May 15, 2013 that the party will ensure that it remains the third largest political party in Liberia.    

Senator Prince Johnson resigned from the NUDP membership Monday, May 13, 2013 amidst long-standing controversies over party leadership.

The Nimba County Senator made the statements when he spoke to mylbsonline from Capital.


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