PYJ Promises ‘Democratic Coup d’état’

first_imgPYJ: “I will support Boakai because he is like me, a ‘kontry man’ from the majority bloc”To unseat the minority; Supports Boakai’s presidency on majority basisBy David S. MenjorThe political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR), Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, has promised to stage what he called a ‘democratic coup d’état’ at the ballot box this year to bring an end to minority rule in the country.The Nimba Senator, who emerged third in the 2011 presidential elections, said he is prepared to ‘dance’ with Vice President Joseph Boakai, the standard bearer of the Unity Party, to ensure that a ‘Kountryman’ (non Americo-Liberian) takes the nation’s presidency.“I visited my spiritual friend, brother and father, Prophet T. B. Joshua and he told me, as he did in 2011, that I am a potential winner. But knowing that Joe Boakai, who is from the majority class (non Americo-Liberian) as I am, is in the race and most suited for the post than any of us, I will work with him,” Sen. Johnson said Tuesday at a press conference held at his party headquarters in Congo Town.“Boakai is not the Unity Party. He is in the Unity Party,” Johnson said, adding that the VP is his ‘elder’ and as such he is not prepared to disturb the electoral process by standing for the presidency, while the UP standard bearer is also in the same competition.Recently a war of words ensued between the standard bearer of Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, and supporters of the UP standard bearer, VP Joe N. Boakai, over the ‘congau-kountryman’ rule in the country. This divisive political campaign which is again creeping into Liberia’s political discourse as the country struggles to see the transition of an elected president to another in over 40 years is a dilemma that needs to be tackled.Some pundits have argued that Sen. Johnson’s decision to abandon his political ambition to become the next president of the country is to get protection from the UP should the VP win.The Congress of Democratic Change (now in a coalition called Coalition for Democratic Change) of Sen. George M. Weah, has vowed to turn over all accused war crimes perpetrators to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to face prosecution, should they win the presidency in October.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson said political leaders and their followers who think that purchasing luxurious vehicles for their political campaigns will guarantee them victory are seriously mistaken.“Cars will not vote for them; so they are wasting their own time and dreaming the wrong dreams,” he noted.Concerning the failed coalition between his political party (MDR) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman turned politician Benoni Urey, he said Urey’s refusal to serve as his vice standard bearer brought an end to the proposed coalition.“I have been tested at two main elections in this country but Urey has not been tested at any elections, not even for a city mayor position,” he pointed out.Speaking further, Sen. Johnson accused Mr. Urey of a plot to kill him and his counterparts when Urey surreptitiously planned a coalition meeting with him in Accra, Ghana a few months ago.“A few months ago, I received a communication from the ALP through one Alex Whapoe asking me and a few of my party executives to honor an invitation to Ghana for some political discussion. When we accepted, Mr. Whapoe, who was at that time in the United States, sent us our plane tickets. But in short, there came more than three changes in the plane tickets,” he said, noting that after Birdview, the last ticket that came for him and his three counterparts, Moses Ziah, Cllr. Cocker and Moses Bangura, were from Air Maroc, which always depart late in the evening.The lawmaker said while in Ghana, he and his colleagues were not lodged at a hotel as expected but at a house surrounded by gangsters.“After following all security measures, mainly with our information at the Kotoka Airport that Airport West is our place of lodging, but now found ourselves in a strange place, we called the driver who dropped us earlier in a small vehicle and he thinking we may have left something in the vehicle, returned and I ordered him to take us to a hotel I know in Accra. Alex Whapoe denied booking the previous place for us but I demanded that he pay for our lodging since it was he who invited us,” he said.Sen. Johnson said a meeting which he and his fellow delegates attended was also attended by former BBC reporter Robin White and a colleague only identified as Jeff.“It shocked me to see not Urey or Alex but the two white guys only, even though we were told that Urey’s business partners were there to meet with us to discuss political matters,” he said.Johnson added that Urey was present the following day for the next meeting; and at that meeting, Robin White told him (PYJ) that Washington (USA) wants Urey for president in Liberia because Donald Trump is a businessman, as Urey is.“White was forcing us to sign papers in an agreement to be sent to Urey on a merger but we refused and told him that anything considering coalition discussions should be done in Liberia,” he said.Of late Sen. Johnson said he got to know that the car that picked them up from the Kotoka Airport to the strange location in Accra was one of Mr. Urey’s daughter’s vehicles, when Senator Sando Johnson introduced him “to a young girl.”Speaking on the speculation that there are officials of the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the country to arrest him for allegedly killing somebody (unnamed) during the 1990 war, he said it is completely untrue.“If the FBI wants to extradite anyone for investigation and subsequent prosecution, they liaise with the government of the country of the person who might have committed a crime. In fact, their work is never in the news until it is accomplished,” he said, adding that he is a statesman and as such, no one can just walk in and take him away for any reason.“To say a few words, Dr. Robin White told me in Ghana at our failed meeting that if I accepted to work with Urey as his deputy the war crimes court to be established will only look into cases that occurred from 1995 to 2003 but I told him that there should be no need to exclude unless I am the only one who committed atrocities in this country,” he said.PYJ said his decision to support Boakai’s presidency is not for financial gain, as Urey did by trying to lure him into a “dubious deal,” to which he disagreed.“Now it is about the future of our country. We need to decide for ourselves how we will manage our own resources rather than mortgaging them as this regime and others did. We are conscious that our people are suffering and there must come a permanent change beginning with the October elections,” he said.He emphasized that the country’s leadership, the Presidency, must not continue with those he called “the very few.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No question about Asks credentials

first_imgShare on Twitter Horse racing No question about Ask’s credentials Ron Cox Thu 20 Mar 2008 20.00 EDT Read more First published on Thu 20 Mar 2008 20.00 EDT Shares00 Horse racing Three-year-old coltTrainer Sir Michael Stoute, NewmarketForm 91-Soundly beaten on his debut at Newmarket, where the ground was soft, Confidence Trick proved a different proposition on a faster surface at Chepstow. Sent into the lead a furlong out, he showed a bright turn of foot to win a seven-furlongs maiden event which former stable companion and subsequent 2,000 Guineas winner Golan had won at two years. There is no Classic talk of Confidence Trick, not yet anyway, but he has the makings of a smart handicapper.Endless LuckThree-year-old coltTrainer Mark Johnston, MiddlehamForm 21-Not seen out until October, Endless Luck chased home the promising Prime Exhibit at Leicester and proceeded to bolt up in a mile maiden at Musselburgh, beating a fancied runner from the Michael Jarvis stable by five lengths. Mark Johnston’s horses can make tremendous strides at three, having started off at a modest level, and Endless Luck looks the sort of relentless galloper with which the Middleham trainer excels.Ibn KhaldunThree-year-old coltTrainer Saeed Bin Suroor, NewmarketForm 4111-In varying degrees, Sheikh Mohammed has an investment in the first five colts in the betting for the 2,000 Guineas. It would be particularly satisfying for him to end a barren spell stretching back to 1999 in the colts’ Classic with a product of his Godolphin stable, and Ibn Khaldun could be the one to do it. Said to have strengthened up and grown in Dubai during the winter, Ibn Khaldun was a most impressive winner of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, a race won by Authorized 12 months earlier. He is rated a far superior Classic prospect to stablemate Rio De La Plata, fourth behind New Approach in the Dewhurst Stakes, and 10-1 could be a very fair price about Ibn Khaldun for the Guineas.KashiminThree-year-old coltTrainer Alan Swinbank, North YorkshireForm 1-Kashimin looks an interesting contender for sprint handicaps. It is fair to say that Swinbank winners do not usually go unbacked, yet Kashimin appeared to take connections unawares when winning his only start at 12-1. That was just a modest six-furlongs Pontefract maiden, but Kashimin settled the issue with a fine burst of speed to score by three lengths. His trainer reportedly has a high opinion of him now.MusaalemFour-year-old geldingTrainer William Haggas, NewmarketForm 1-It is the oldest cliché of all, but Musaalem definitely falls into the “could be anything” category. He cannot be recommended on the bare form of his victory over seven furlongs at Warwick in August, where his closest pursuer was rated just 41. But he had the look of one capable of considerable improvement and his reappearance in a handicap was eagerly awaited after he worked well with stablemates rated in the 90s at home. He was not seen out again but his trainer, who knows how to work the handicap system, should have no difficulty placing Musaalem to advantage.Northern DareFour-year-old geldingTrainer David Nicholls, North YorkshireForm 8/8130131232-Dandy Nicholls is the first trainer’s name that springs to mind when sprint handicaps are discussed. He has a likely sort this season in Northern Dare, who will be aimed at all the top prizes. Having won his first handicap off a mark of 63 at Ayr in July, Northern Dare’s progress was apparent come the Ayr Silver Cup two months later – 21lb higher, he beat all bar the well-backed Utmost Respect. He comfortably accounted for the other 24 runners and, under his trainer’s sure touch, can continue to progress.Rock PeakThree-year-old coltTrainer Hughie Morrison, BerkshireForm 4-Hughie Morrison is not a trainer given to making frivolous entries, so it is unlikely Rock Peak has been put in the Derby with a view to a social day out at Epsom. Whether the colt will reach that sort of level remains to be seen, but he certainly caught the eye on his only appearance in a Sandown maiden over a mile last autumn. Unfancied at 33-1, Rock Peak was at the back of the 13-strong field after a slow start but when the penny dropped in the home straight he stayed on strongly to be fourth. The form is nothing to get excited about, but Rock Peak should leave this effort far behind him once he steps up in trip.SchiaparelliFive-year-old horseTrainer Saeed Bin Suroor, NewmarketForm 1112161/831111-Aidan O’Brien has won the last two Ascot Gold Cups with Yeats and, with Septimus in the mix, he looks a short price to complete the hat-trick. Godolphin have other ideas, however, and view Schiaparelli as the ideal candidate for a race they last won with Papineau in 2004. Winner of the German Derby at three, Schiaparelli was purchased by Godolphin after completing a Group One hat-trick in Milan’s Gran Premio del Jockey Club last October. A tough, resolute galloper, he has won at up to a mile and three-quarters, and on ground ranging from heavy to good to firm. AskFive-year-old horseTrainer Sir Michael Stoute, NewmarketForm 321024/112-Ask is the ideal candidate to carry on Stoute’s great tradition of progressive older middle-distance horses. A foot injury confined Ask to just three appearances last season, but he progressed each time, winning the Ormonde Stakes at Chester in May and Ascot’s Cumberland Lodge four months later, before travelling to Woodbine for the Canadian International, where he was denied by a nose. Ask is already looking in great shape on the Newmarket gallops and will be hard to beat in the best company.CollectionThree-year-old coltTrainer William Haggas, NewmarketForm 21-The only Derby entry for Haggas, successful with Shaamit in 1996, Collection has a long way to go before proving himself up to that class, but he looks the sort to improve markedly on his juvenile form. An official BHB mark of 80 could underestimate Collection’s ability by some way and his trainer has earmarked a 10-furlongs handicap at Doncaster on April 11 for the colt’s seasonal debut.Confidence Trick Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. 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