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

JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’

first_imgJIM McGUINNESS has insisted he hasn’t been offered any positions at Celtic or Liverpool, but wouldn’t rule out considering any offers if he was given them in the future.The Donegal manager has been linked in various newspapers with jobs in soccer in Britain since winning the All-Ireland.The sports psychologist told the Shaun Doherty Show today that he has had no approaches from any teams but found the links “very flattering.” “I was invited over to Celtic a few weeks ago to a Champions League match and I went to the training grounds. It was a fantastic set-up,” he said.But there were no offers of jobs, pointing out that he would look at any that were made.“I suppose if Highland offered me a position you’d have to sit down and talk to them,” said McGuinness.“If a professional football team and came in and said they were interested in talking to you then it is something you’d have to consider. I am a young man with three children and you would consider it,” he said. The All-Ireland winner said he had worked with golfers, Derry City and Finn Harps but added: “If something came up I’d talk it over with my wife – that would be the approach.”Jim is a big Celtic and Arsenal fan – and he praised Neil Lennon for how he ran his team in Glasgow.The manager gave a wide-ranging interview on the success at Croke Park.Asked if he realised that he was being hero-worshipped by Donegal fans all over the world, he said: “It’s not something I’m even aware of because you live in your own wee bubble.”He said he had heard all sorts of stories about fans before and after the match and how they had celebrated. But he said he had never experienced Donegal as a supporter – always as a player or as a manager.McGuinness spoke again of his satisfaction in seeing his players climb the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire, a satisfaction shared by his assistant Rory Gallagher and the rest of the backroom team.Asked about walking out of the Croke Park press conference until Declan Bogue – the journalist – had left, the Donegal manager again referred to Bogue’s book and insisted he had got several things wrong.“If you are a Christian you have to forgive people; it was about people wanting the bread buttered on both sides. There were things that weren’t true in his book,” he said. “This fella can write x, y and z and then expect to come in to fill their back pages on the back of our All-Ireland success….I wasn’t happy to do that interview.”McGuinness said it was now “water under the bridge”.“Even if there was a full page apology the people who read the book wouldn’t see the apology,” he said.He went on: “You have to have your principles and you have to stand up for yourself.”The Donegal manager also praised his team members for their dedication to the county.He also promised fans abroad that they may take the Sam Maguire to Boston and New York in the coming months.Asked about the Late Late Show visit – which was just four minutes – Jim refused to become embroiled in the controversy.He said they had been in RTE for three or four hours and the team enjoyed the experience and meeting other guests.“It was a good experience for them (the players),” he said.He said people in Donegal probably wanted more on the programme because the appetite was so strong.The manager said he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans for their support and messages of congratulations.JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticDonegal GAAJim McGuinnessLiverpoollast_img read more