Konneh, Others Surface
Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai
Ahead of next year’s presidential and legislative elections, discussions are ongoing on several fronts around the country and other parts of the world over some of the principal casts slated for next year’s contest.
Most of the individuals, who have declared their intention to contest the elections are already known; however, those expected to be named or chosen as running mates remain unidentified; although the identifies of certain personalities have surfaced in the media.
There has been no decision yet from the ruling party regarding just who might run on the ticket with Vice President Joseph Boakai, but an inside source said several names have surfaced, among which is former Finance Minister Amara Konneh.
It is not clear who has the authority to make the nomination or selection for the running mate, whether it’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Veep Boakai or the party’s Executive Committee.
But our source confided that certain members of the party’s Executive Committee fervidly oppose Mr. Konneh as running mate, although a decision has not been reached as yet.
Our source did not give any reason why Mr. Konneh is being vehemently resisted by some influential members of the Executive Committee. But our source stated that the former Finance Minister enjoys the confidence of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and other powerful EC members as well.
How this matter plays out in the ruling party remains to be seen, but a lot of discussions continue around other names that have surfaced in the party as running mate, such as Samuel Kofi Woods, renowned human rights advocate and lawyer, who many believe, could be the connoisseur required to elevate the image of the party especially at this time when the performance of the current administration has created a stigma for Veep Boakai to deal with.