Monrovia- Ex-warlord turned politician, Senator Prince Johnson who along with 15 other candidates ran for president of Liberia in last Tuesday elections and finished 3rd place putting him in the position as a kingmaker for the runoff scheduled for November 8th in which incumbent President Sirleaf and Cllr Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change will face off.
In a stunning twist, the Liberian kingmaker declared his support for incumbent President Sirleaf in the runoff putting the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in a comfortable position of being re-elected.
Credible sources close to the ex-warlord informed this outlet Senator Johnson made the decision to cross over to the ruling Unity Party to cast his support for incumbent President Sirleaf after talks broke down with the opposition when his demand for US$2million or US$5 million to support the opposition could not be meant and the ruling party came in to negotiate with him and agreed to offer the National Democratic Union standard bearer the the US$25 million he requested.
“The sum of US$250, 0000.00 down payment was transferred into Senator Johnson’s account, a pre-condition before the ex-warlord could make his public support for President”, our sources said. According to the terms of the agreement, after Senator Johnson’s public announcement of support for President Sirleaf, the first portion of the of support incentive in the tune of US$12 million will be mad available a week later and the balance, US$12.5 million will available to the NUDP standard bearer.
What is stunning , an observer said is “why Senator Johnson who over the years accused President Sirleaf of corruption could accept such a huge amount to support the President when he knows that money comes from public coffers of the suffering people of Liberia whom he all theses years said he was fighting for”
One thing I want to tell Senator Johnson, he can’t use the people of Nimba as pawn and paint us as people who believe the corrupt practice of the Sirleaf government, a Nimbaian told this outlet
“A staunch supporter of Prince Johnson and his National Union for Democratic Progress said even we who supported him financially and his officials in the United States were never consulted but only got the information through the media”, a Nimabain told our outlet. If Prince Johnson can reduce himself to a sale-out, the people of Nimba are embarrassed by what they have heard that he accepted US$25 million from President Sirleaf , we will not follow him to support her because we cannot allow ourselves to be used as pawn to divide the country and the President feeds on the divisiveness while the country is divided and remain irreconcilable. “We are not casino for Senator Johnson to cash on to enrich himself at the expense of the people of Nimba and the country.