By: Nathaniel Success Topkah (Nimba County Correspondent)
Nimba County- Former House Speaker James Emmanuel Nuquay has urged partisans and supporters of the opposition People’s Unification Party (PUP) not to renege on ensuring that the party acquires more slots at the Liberian Senate in the impending senatorial elections.
“The PUP emerged out of the Legislature, therefore Legislative election at all times should be seen as a make or break election for our party,” Mr. Nuquay said.
Speaking at the Party’s second national convention over the weekend in Nimba, Nuquay, the lead bearer of the PUP boasted that his party is the third-largest block in the governance structure of the country, meanly at the Legislature.
He pleaded with his partisans and supporters to do everything humanly possible in order for the party to uphold its prestige by securing more seats in the pending elections.
The PUP was formulated by a group of Legislators at the 53rd National Legislature supervised by he Mr. Nuquay between late 2013 and early 2014.
“The sole intent of the PUP is for us to galvanize ourselves and ensure broader participation of our people and give them a platform where they can speak; a platform where their voices can be heard.” Mr. Nuquay continued.
Following the establishment, the party firstly participated in the 2014 midterm election where current Margibi County Senator James Conola emerged as a victor on their ticket.
They also succeeded in winning five seats at the House of Representatives in the 2017 election, though PUP and the former ruling Unity Party (UP) collaborated.
The party’s national convention was held just days after Mr. Nuquay resigned from the Unity Party after three years of collaboration.
The Party has named Mr. Nuquay, former Nimba County District #4 Representative, Attorney Garrison Doldeh Yealue, and current Grand Cape Mount County Lawmaker Emnerson Kamara as its first batch of contestants.
The trio will contest the PUP ticket in Margibi, Nimba, and Grand Cape Mount Counties respectively.
Meanwhile, the party also elected a new core of officers to oversee its national affairs for the next four years.
Rep. Samuel G. Kogar of District #5 Nimba was elected as National Chairman, whilst J. Togba Mulbah won as the Chair of the party’s governing council.
The duo along with other executives won on a white ballot.