In a dramatic turn of events, the Unity Party (UP) has reportedly implemented a series of last-minute strategies in a bid to sway the election results in their favour and secure victory for their candidate, Joseph N. Boakai.
Among these strategies are attempts to influence key individuals and orchestrate actions aimed at creating instability in the country.
As part of their reconciliation efforts, Miatta Fahnbulleh, a representative of Boakai’s campaign, has been dispatched to apologize to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on behalf of Boakai.
Additionally, the UP has urged Sirleaf to contact former US Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, to place a call to the Chairperson of Liberia’s National Election Commission (NEC), and apply pressure on Madam Davidetta Brown Lassana, the NEC’s Chairperson, to render favour for the Unity Party in the announcement of the election results.
As a result of further pressure, alleged threats of sanctions are expected to be made to ensure compliance.
To amplify their influence, the UP plans to mobilize diaspora women’s groups to contact Dividetta Brown Lassana and exert pressure on the NEC’s Chairperson.
Furthermore, they intend to manipulate the Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Tamba Koijee, to make threatening statements in order to incite instability.
The UP’s strategy also involves resorting to false media alarms and leveraging the involvement of Hon. Yekeh Kolubah, who will initiate a demonstration in Montserrado County’s District 10, starts from Peace Island.
This action aims to gain momentum with the subsequent participation of Jousua Milton Blayee (alias Butt Naked) and Senator Prince Y. Johnson, exerting additional pressure on the current administration.
Anticipating a response from the ruling party, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the UP plans to capture any reactive measures projected to be taken by the CDC and then disseminate videos of these acts to both the US State Department and global media networks.
This calculated move aims to portray Liberia as an ungovernable country and tarnish its international image under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah.
As the elections results announcement draws near, these last-minute strategies are indicative of the high-stakes nature of the political contest in Liberia.
The actions undertaken by the UP raise concerns about the potential for instability and the manipulation of democratic processes.
The impact of these maneuvers on the outcome of the election remains to be seen, but they have undoubtedly intensified tensions in the country during this critical period.
Atty. Samora P. Z. Wolokolie, Ph.D., CA, CPA, CFE, FCFIP, FFA(UK), FIPA(Aus.), L.L.B. writes