Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations, Rennie Jackson
UP Bong County Senatorial Primary Ends In Deadlock
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, June 29 (LINA) - The ruling Unity Party has ended its primary in Bong County with no candidate announced as winner of the exercise.
Cuttington University President Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa remained the only candidate in the race following the withdrawal of Mr. Jefferson Gbaryan and Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operations, Rennie Jackson.
Mr. Gbaryan told the Liberia News Agency that his withdrawal was intended to save the image of the ruling party.
“I suspected that due to the interplay by party executives, the process would not have been fair. So, in order to prevent our noble party from being the subject of
public discussion, I withdrew from the process,” said Gbaryan.
Mr. Jackson, for his part, said he withdrew due to “lack of protection by the presiding officials.”
In an interview with journalists minutes after the process, Mr. George Wisner, refuted Deputy Minister Jackson’s claim of lack of protection, noting that all participants were given the right to exercise their democratic rights as provided for by best practices.
He could not, however, announce the winner of Friday’s primary, promising to submit to the party's National Executive Committee his findings, which will then announce the winner.
Wisner, however, noted that in a democratic process where two of three candidates withdraw, the sole candidate left in the race would proceed with the process.
Meanwhile, Representative Korpu G. Barclay has vowed to seek the intervention of the National Executive Committee on the matter, while County Inspector William Kollie is calling for a re-run of the party’s Bong County primary.
The process was also characterized by fist fighting among supporters of the three contestants.
Unlike the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) which conducted its primaries on regional basis, the ruling Unity Party is conducting its primaries in each of the 15 counties.