Monrovia, Liberia- The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia has dispelled rumors about her 2023 Presidential ambition and have reassured Liberians of her commitment and loyalty to the advancement and implementation of the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development as enunciated by H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia.
In a statement issued by the Chief of Staff in the office of the Vice President, Mr. George T. Nimley, Vice President Howard-Taylor said, she is fully aware of her role as Vice President in which she serves as a critical support arm to the President.
The statement further states that the Vice President is aware of her constitutional roles and responsibilities and remains mindful of her duties.
“Accordingly, she wishes to reiterate her awareness that the prime focus of her energy and intention has always been to lend full support to the Agenda and purposes of the President, not to pursue a separate end of her own,” the statement reads.
“By her grateful acceptance of her nomination by Dr. Weah and the blessed election of the Ticket to National leadership, she undertook an irreversible commitment to always work with and remain supportive of the President. To this, she remains unwavering.”
Meanwhile, the statement from the Vice President’s Office maintained that she is still the duly serving Standard Bearer of the ruling Coalition’s partner, the National Patriotic Party (NPP), but acknowledged ‘creeping political uneasiness’ within the party at the moment.
“As unfortunate as this unwelcomed development is, the Vice President notes that such scenario is not uncommon to political institutions,” the statement added.
“She holds however that such should not mislead any partisan to assume that he or she can maliciously distract the Party by resorting to acts bordering on self-aggrandizement and manifested by the spewing of lies and libelous statements about her person and the NPP.”
The Vice President according to the release said, the NPP remains a reliable and unshakable pillar under the Coalition for Democratic Change, and that she is unmoved by the ‘ill-advised bidding of mischievous elements’.
“The Vice President refuses to be swayed away from her preoccupation with the championing of the strengthening and forward march of the Coalition, an alliance in which her party is a willing and proud constituent member. She remains firm in her commitment to upholding and defending all party laws as well as ensuring that the NPP keeps glued within the Coalition; staying the course of loyalty and faithfulness to President Weah as he steers our national development agenda,” the release stated.
“The Vice President assures all and sundry that she remains a committed and supportive Vice President to President Weah and will continue to work in tandem with the President’s desire to change Liberia positively.”
The release concluded with the Vice President calling on all partisans of the National Patriotic Party to remain loyal to the Coalition and steps taken by President Weah in the governance of the country.
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor’s statement comes on the heels of stinging allegations made against her by the embattled Chairman of the National Patriotic Party, Mr. James Biney.
Over the weekend, Mr. Biney alleged that during a meeting, Madam Howard-Taylor informed him about her intention to contest the Presidency in 2023, breaking away from the coalition and challenging her current boss, President George Weah.
Mr. Biney’s allegation was received with heavy skepticism from the public, as many Liberians wondered why he didn’t make such revelation in the past until he was booted from the chairmanship of the National Patriotic Party.
On November 5, 2018, a statement from the NPP National Executive Committee informed the public that Mr. James Biney has been expelled from the party, for what they termed as “violating key provisions of the party’s by-laws and constitution.”