Liberia: PYJ’s MDR Condemns Bangura for Speaking against the Party’s Decision to Withdraw from Weah


MONROVIA – The Movement for Democractic Reconstruction (MDR) has described as “greedy and self-seeking” a statement issued by Mr. Wilfred Bangura, the Party’s former acting chairman that the MDR will continue to support the re-election bid of President George Weah.

Henry Karmo [email protected]

In a press conference held by Mr. Kelvin Matadi, Vice Chairman for Media Affairs of the MDR, the Party is concerned about the unilateral statement issued Monday, January 23, 2023 by the former acting chair that the Party is still supportive of President Weah’s re-election.

In Mr. Bangura’s press conference, he stated that the MDR still supports the re-election of President Weah and the CDC-led government, and was further assertive that both the Lead Vision Bearer, Sen. Prince Y. Johnson and the Standard Bearer Sen. Jeremiah Kpang Koung’s statements that was reiterated following the Ganta Convention through various mediums run contrary to the Party Position.

“Let it be stated here that, National Executive Committee, which Partisan Bangura mentioned has absolutely no knowledge about the self-developed press conference of Mr. Bangura, as such, it is convening a National Executive Committee Meeting in the soonest possible time to take a decision on Mr. Bangura’s press conference.

“Minister Bangura’s statement is not surprising, it’s also worth mentioning here that, since our Ganta Convention, after Partisan Wilfred Bangura’s quest and hope for the Chairmanship was vehemently rejected by the delegates at the convention, he has taken 365 steps away from the party’s activities upon our return to Monrovia.”

The MDR, through it vice chair for media, said the party’s position that was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Party following the Party’s convention remains on course.

“Again, the MDR is independent, we have paused our support to President Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and this decision is beyond just a single individual like partisan Bangura. Absolutely no one person is above this Party, not even the standard bearer Sen. Jeremiah Kpan Koung and the Vision Bearer Sen. Prince Y. Johnson.

“As the third biggest Political Institution in Liberia, the MDR has embarked on ongoing consultations across Nimba County, Gbapolu County and Bong and let it be stated here that the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) is seriously considering fielding a Presidential candidate as well as Senatorial and Representative candidates in all the 15 political subdivisions of the country in the Upcoming October general and presidential election.”