GANTA, Nimba – Wilfred Bangura has denied rumors circulating that he is considering a switch to Vice President Joseph Boakai’s ruling Unity Party.
The secretary-general of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction opposition party, revealed to Radio Kergheamahn in a breakfast show on Wednesday, that he would “never” abandon Senator Prince Johnson’s MDR to join another party.
“I call to debunk all those who are looking for evil for me and those who do not think well of me,” he said. “I am the founding secretary general of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction. When hell broke loose, when everyone the senator needed at the time turned against him, I did not turn my back on him. I was the lone soldier that stood up for him.”
Bangura recounted that amidst a misunderstanding that caused the collapse of Johnson’s former party, the former National Union for Democratic Progress, his advocacy role in restoring the camp of the senator was performed without fear or favor.
He said, “I represented and articulated this camp…and I was relentless in my articulations, and I helped to form this party that is now gaining prestige and momentum in the political corridor.”
Bangura noted that it did not make sense to leave MDR at this point: “I am a principle-minded man, and it would be even silly for me to contemplate on leaving this camp. I am never a traitor, and never will I be.
According to Bangura, he was persuaded on many occasions in the past to leave Johnson’s camp, and that did not materialize then, and cannot come to pass at this time. He maintained that “You can give me the whole world – go ahead and take it from me. I will take my Prince Johnson because I believe in him.”
One of the key issues surrounding Bangura’s alleged planned exit from the MDR was the rumored confiscation of his assigned vehicle by the senator.
He, however, said the information is false and lacked substance, noting, “My vehicle is still with me. It is assigned to me and parked in my parking at my house presently as I speak.”
Bangura currently serves as Johnson’s deputy chief of staff at the Liberian Senate.
Featured photo courtesy of Wilfred Bangura