Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Winston Tubman’s 2011 Headache: LINU Gives Ambassador Ultimatum To Resign


Source: FrontPage Africa

Nat Nyuan Bayjay,

Monrovia -

For the second time in his political life, Ambassador Winston Tubman finds himself on the brink of a feud that might either leave his presidential ambition in limbo or make him to become an unattached political party presidential candidate for next year’s elections. Following a previous parting with the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) immediately after he and 21 other candidates were defeated by the Unity Party five years ago, loss of confidence in Tubman from the Executive Committee of the Liberian National Union (LINU) seems to be landing the former United Nations Ambassador in another parting saga.

A September 23, 2010 letter from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party requests the political leader to relinquish his post through resignation based on three key reasons.

The Ambassador is being requested to resign based on what the party’s Executive Committee said are his flagrant disrespect for the Committee’s decision made on August 14, 2010, his alleged misrepresentation of the party’s image, and his alleged insensitivity to the plight of the party.

But it is LINU’s recent signature on the document of the newly-formed Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) which Tubman led the party to form a part of that seems to be hurting the Ambassador’s political ambition.

An executive of the party told FrontPageAfrica: “The man is not focused on the party’s activities. He signed an agreement with the Coalition for Democratic Change without the consent of the party”.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 has therefore been set as Tubman’s resignation deadline or he faces being exposed to the public via the media, states the letter. According to the communication sent to the Ambassador, a copy of which is in the possession of FPA, the October 12th deadline followed another meeting of the Executive on October 1 after it was glaring that the Ambassador was not prepared to tender in his resignation.

LINU’s Executive Committee thought to give Tubman another chance because of the Ambassador’s absence from the country which it said it believes might have been the reason for the Ambassador’s resignation letter not being received.

“Therefore, it was resolved that you be given another opportunity to do so on or before October 12, 2010”, the Executive Committee wrote to its Political Leader.

The Committee indicated that it will announce Tubman’s expulsion from the party to the press if his resignation is not tendered in as spelled out in the new time table given.

“The party will highly appreciate were you to do so instead of it announcing to the public your expulsion on October 13, 2010. Your decision can be communicated to the party through this medium while you are away from the country”, the communication concluded.

FPA made several efforts over the past days to get Tubman’s response to the party’s NEC’s request, said to be the highest decision making body of LINU, but did not succeed.

Tubman who ran on the ticket of late President Samuel Kanyon Doe’s NDPL in the last elections sought political solace in LINU, the party of Doe’s late Vice President Harry F. Moniba, after he was left under similar circumstances. He finished fourth during the 2005 elections with a 9.2%- 89,623 votes-from the total votes of a little over one million votes that were cast.

Desperate to clinch the Liberian presidency in the face of a crowded political playing field, Tubman has been committed to forming opposition alliances and coalitions since it seems to be a glaring fact that none of the country’s opposition political candidates and incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf would win first round of the presidential elections about a year from now.

He signed a joint-communiqué with George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) last year in the Ghanaian capital Accra before joining other opposition parties including the CDC to sign a recent opposition block coalition in Monrovia at the Monrovia City Hall.

If the decision of LINU’s Executive is anything to go by, Tubman’s 2011 vision could be hampered as this come on the eve of the elections. Tubman’s options of going on the ticket of another political party as its political leader or declaring himself as an independent candidate in either ways will bring him face to face with the dilemma of running as a vice president, something that he has vehemently been opposed to.

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