Monrovia- Liberians home abroad breathtakingly waited for their President Johnson-Sirleaf to address her nation yesterday evening, clues of her speech filtered to
the media with her handlers saying the President was poised to announcing the postponement of the Tuesday run-off election as her commitment for genuine peace in Liberia; emphasizing “the President does not want to be looked upon as one who stack s odds against the democratic process”.
Just as the news of relief went to press and Liberians took deep breath that the impasse of gridlock between the President and her party on one hand and the opposition Congress for Democratic Change on the other hand threat to boycott the run-off unless their demands are met were on the brink of receding, President Sirleaf firmly to a defiant path instead insisting she will go to the election on Tuesday whether the opposition boycotts or not and called on Liberians to go to the polls on Tuesday and don’t listen to Cllr. Winston Tubman call for boycott of the election. The President defiant stance once again an eased public who thought that some sort of common ground would finally break the stalemate and graded the President for taking the moral high ground put them once more on the edge while the country remain on the crossroad of uncertainty.
The Liberian leader used her address to lash out at opposition leader Cllr. Winston Tubman of the Congress for Democratic Change accusing him of violating the constitution by calling on his supporters and Liberians to boycott the run-off. The Liberian leader called on the Liberians to go to the polls on Tuesday because it was their constitutional right and no one should tell them to violate the constitution.
It is said frantic efforts were made to convince the President to postpone the election by several negotiators who wanted to broker some sort of breakthrough including religious and traditional leaders and all indications concluded the President had settled for a compromise but to the shock of everyone, the President back tracked without informing those involve in the negotiation and took a defiant stance insisting she will go to the polls with or without the opposition.
Handlers around the President who earlier gave the clues that the Liberian leader was going to postpone the run-off said they were speechless and stunt when the President gave a different speech, contrary to what everyone knew that the speech was about postponing the election.
“She stunt me, one handler said, this is last minute somersaulting, how”, he narrated to our correspondent.
With the President dug in, defiantly going to the run-off with or without the opposition and the opposition too dug in, that they will boycott Tuesday polls, Liberia is on chatted waters and is evolving into strange democratic environment counterproductive to reconciliation and peace, the ingredients needed to rebuild a war-ravaged nation torn apart by a 14 year bitter civil war.
“This evening Liberia is silent and we’re thinking what happening to our country”, a young Liberian trader interviewed by our correspondent said; “why these people can’t sit on the table and find solution but everyone thinks they are bigger than the country and when things get bad, they’ll take their American passports and leave the mess for us to suffer”, he nodded his head in dismay.
For his part, Winston Tubman told the media that President Sirleaf wants to intimidate him and portray him to be violating the constitution but what she fails to realize is that he has the right to vote or not to vote and to call on Liberians to boycott the election and the people too have the right to respond to his call
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf then in the opposition, refused her seat in the Senate she was elected to in 1985 on grounds that Head of State Samuel Doe rigged the elections, boycotting the Legislature and did not recognized the Doe government.
The opposition boycott of the run-off and threat not to recognize a government coming out of a one party election bears similarity to the opposition boycott of the Doe government and refusal to take their seats in the Legislature where they were voted for by the Liberian people.
History, ironically has a way of repeating itself and with putting those those who were once oppressed in the position where their oppressors once stood and then testing those convictions and principles they once stood for, but human selfish nature it seems usually take over the inner soul of a man or woman and the god human spirit, they fall flat to the test as time unfolds and they are expose to be wolves that were in sheep skin and in fact could not had done what they were demanding of their oppressors.