Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson alias “PYJ” has talked tough by revealing that the county belongs to his political party, the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) and the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
Speaking via mobile phone to Radio Kergheamahn, a local radio station in Gompa City, the political leader of the MDR said the party owns Nimba County and as member of the grand coalition that brought the CDC to national leadership, they have decided not to put candidate against President George Weah and the CDC in the impending 2023 presidential elections.
“We are part of the grand coalition with the CDC and we have decided not to put candidate against President Weah because we will support him for two terms and we will not put out candidate in any county and in Nimba particular, Nimba belongs to the MDR that is now CDC,” Senator Johnson told the local radio station in a telephone conversation Monday.
Senator Johnson who is regarded as the “political godfather” of Nimba revealed that the Liberian leader has completely given the county to the MDR for appointments in government and anything relating to the county.
“The CDC grand standard bearer has given Nimba County to the MDR in totality for appointments and for anything and when we put out a candidate, they won’t put candidate on us and so, when you are not a member of the MDR or CDC, definitely you are out,” he added.
In a related development, Senator Johnson wants the Superintendent of the county, Dorr Cooper removed from his post with immediate effect for allegedly abandoning his duty and canvassing for his senatorial bid ahead of the 2020 elections in the county.
“I don’t see the reason why Superintendent Dorr Cooper has abandoned the county to go on a campaign spree for the senatorial elections. We will have to discuss the county structure to see who will focus on the repair of the yellow machines to do our feeder roads.
“All the roads are bad and we will have to do some major changes to tell you the truth and we will have to discuss that with him. There will be changes in the county immediately when we return to Monrovia and meet with the president,” he assured.
Senator Prince Yormie Johnson surprised everyone in the 2017 presidential elections runoff when he pledged his unflinching support to the CDC of George Weah after rejecting the party in the 2011-runoff elections for former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Prior to his decision in 2017, many thought he could give his support Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party.