By Nathan N. Mulbah
As Liberia gingerly sails toward the conduct of the much vaunted 2023 Legislative and Presidential elections, there have been myriad of pre-electoral activities unfolding in the buildup of the political event.
In this direction, the Unity Party (UP) held its National Convention in the provincial Capital of Bong County, Gbarnga City over the week end.
Report emanating from that convention indicates that there was a sort of political musical chairs in the party that led to a complete change of the guard of the party leadership.
Releasing the results, the chairman of the party’s Election Commission, Lofa County Representative at the House of Representatives of the Liberian Legislature, Clarence Massaquoi, said, the process was generally peaceful except for a an hour or more imbroglio that engulfed the process when there was standoff between supporters of a candidate for the position of Youth Chairman, who was rejected because he was declared to be an adult and not a youth.
The political rancor and chaos that attended that development led to a delay at the convention.
Owing to that development, Rep. Massaquoi said, election for youth chair of the Unity Party has been postponed pending internal investigation.
Rep. Massaquoi announced that Rev. Luther Tarpeh has been elected the National Chairman of the opposition Unity Party while Amos Tweh was elected as the National Secretary.
Tarpeh is said to have defeated Chairman Amin Modad, while Tweh won Mohammed Ali at the party national convention.
Outlining the number of votes chalked by the winners in the Unity Party leadership political contestation, Rep. Massaquoi said, former UP Secretary General Mo Ali garnered 131 of the total 339 votes cast, while his opponent, Amos Tweh chalked a total of 168, thus defeating incumbent Secretary General Mo Ali.
Rep. Massaquoi revealed that Rev. Luther Trapeh begged a total of 188 votes thus ensuring the defeat of his opponent, former UP Chairman, Amin Modad.
Rep. Massaquoi also announced that Selena Polson-Mappy defeated Josephine Francis in the race for the position of Vice Chairman for Women Affairs of the UP.
Two elected UP officials at that convention contested unopposed and they both won. The two officials included incumbent Senior National Vice Chairman of the UP, Dabah Varpilah and the UP Standard Bearer, Joseph N. Boakai.
Rep. Massaquoi also announced that Cornelia Kruah who contested unopposed, emerged as Vice Chairmsan for Inter-Party Affairs after contestant Miller Catakaw was disqualified for his reported failure to settle his party financial dues.
The latest results from, the Unity Party convention, leading to the changed of guards at the leadership level smacks of a kind of metaphorical musical chair in the party following the replacement of former Unity Party Chairman, Wilmot Paye by Amid Modad who has now been defeated by Rev. Luther Tarpeh.
Rev. Tarpeh is a clergy man who once served as a Board Chair of Motor Cycle Union of Liberia and was allegedly removed controversially.
Political pundits here have observed that, the failure of the reelection bid of Chairman Modad and Secretary General Ali have left a crack in the Unity Party.