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|Bitter-Sweet Primaries -Shocking results for Ruling Unity Party, Opposition Liberty Party||| Print ||
|Sunday, 07 August 2011 21:02|
The “University of the Air” Professor Kettehkumeh Murray is lingering in space, victim of a wave of primary casualties which have dashed the hopes of several incumbent lawmakers eyeing a return to the National Legislature.
Rep. Kettehkumeh Murray
Rep. Murray, the current representative of District #3 lost the ruling Unity Party primary Saturday to a newcomer Miller Katakaw, joining Gabriel Smith, the renowned Liberty Party lawmaker who would not be in session when the Legislature convened next year, should he not stand as an independent candidate or join an opposition party.
The shocking exits herald several political parties in Liberia, including the ruling Unity Party who have ended their primary across the country with many new faces expected to find themselves at the Legislature after the October or November poll results are announced in their favor while some incumbent have fallen by the wayside .
Dr. Murray is still struggling to explain to the Liberian people and the people of his district over the erection of a colossal sign board in his district with a nomenclature “University of The Air” and his image placed directly opposite it, bowed in shame following the announcement of primary results.
The poetic Lawmaker’s plan ‘B’ is still a mystery, but sources have hinted that intends to go solo as an independent candidate, a slot he allegedly secured months to the primaries.
Reports from Grand Bassa County say even some trusted allies of Rep. Smith feared risking their interest with the party by daring to support him. Inside sources hinted to FPA that some of Smith’s 50 votes were denied him.
Rep. Gabriel B. Smith
News from the port city, formerly district #3 now district #4, during the early morning hours of the primary polls spoke of Rep. Smith’s sympathizers and supporters overcrowding his residence in an apparent show of his home grown support which could not however be translated at the party level.
Rep. Smith later told a local radio show that he was considering his options. Reports are suggesting that he may had had a drop-back plan of previously registering as an independent candidate while another report says he is being lured to join another opposition camp.
Liberty party won over 58% of the votes in Buchanan during the 2005 elections and produced five out of the six lawmakers that entered the Liberian legislature.
Speaker Alex Tyler
UP’s Primary in Grand Cape Mount County was also a bitter-sweet. For some it was a process truly democratic while for others it was a sad, painful and disappointing moment.
Dr. Eugene Shannon who over the last seven months following his resignation, turned the tide in the Western belt by rehabilitating roads, electrifying some towns as well as engaging his constituency on a regular basis, ended the dreams of his only rival Adams Monobala during their party’s primary.
|Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 13:00|