LUP Bids Brumskine Farewell, Denies Allegation
By: Lewis K. Glay
October 26, 2004
The Liberian Unification Party (LUP) has endorsed the resignation
of Cllr. Charles Brumskine from the party but vehemently denied allegations
of merger with the Liberian Action Party (LAP).
LUP’s Secretary General, Cletus Sieh, at a recent press conference on Camp Johnson in Monrovia, said Cllr. Brumskine’s resignation was a relief to the part’s onward progress.
He said Cllr. Brumskine was allowed to join LUP when he was coerced to resign from the former governing National Patriotic Party, but that political accommodation has all along been marked by confusion masterminded by Cllr. Brumskine.
Mr. Sieh disclosed that the sour political differences between Cllr. Brumskine on the one hand, him (Sieh), LUP Chairman, Isaac Manneh on the other, stemmed from their outright opposition to Cllr. Brumskine’s advocacy for a six month transitional government during the Accra Peace Conference on Liberia.
He however, denied allegations that the party has been bought by NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant and LAP proclaimed aspirant Cllr. Varney Sherman in a bid to strengthen the Liberian Action Party for 2005 elections, adding, “LUP is not for sale”.
Mr. Sieh also dispelled rumors that Chairman Bryant and Cllr. Sherman have offered them (Manneh, Sieh) vehicles to settle a deal for LUP to merge with LAP.
In the same vein, LUP has expelled one of its partisans, Slonteh for what it called being a “personnel of the Armed forces of Liberia”. Mr. Slonteh’s expulsion was also predicted to be his alleged connivance to commit burglary into LUP’s National Headquarters on Camp Johnson Road in recent time.