An executive member of a constituent party of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties says he will run as an independent candidate for senator of Nimba despite the CPP endorsing the Liberty Party’s Edith Gongloe-Weh to contest on its ticket.
The Alternative National Congress’ Taa Wongbe has announced that he has signed a memorandum of understanding with the opposition Collaborating Political Parties in a bid to further his plans of attaining the group’s endorsement in his pursuit of Nimba’s senatorial seat in the 2020 election.
Liberty Party’s senatorial aspirant for Nimba, Edith Gongloe-Weh, is denying that she will not get a chance to represent the party in the pending midterm senatorial election due to a recent agreement among members of the Collaborating Political Parties.
The senatorial bid of the 41-year-old Liberian entrepreneur, Taa Wongbe, got off to an enthusiastic boost on Saturday, Jan. 18 with the launch of the â€˜Moving Nimba Forwardâ€™ movement in Doe Zuaplay, Nimbaâ€™s ninth electoral district.
The Alternative National Congress of former presidential candidate Alexander Cummings has announced a decision to withdraw its candidate, Samuel Taylor, from the upcoming senatorial by-election in Grand Cape Mount.
The 2020 senatorial elections are still over a year away, but some candidates are already mobilizing their resources in preparation to enter the race. Once such candidate is the 40-year-old Taa Wongbe, CEO of the Khana Group, the data collection and research firm that has serviced international clients such as Afrobarometer and Gallup.
The Bush Chicken interviewed Taa Wongbe about his aspirations to replace Sen. Thomas Grupee as Nimbaâ€™s next senator in the 2020 senatorial elections. Below is a lightly edited transcript.
He stood about five and a half feet tall with an oversized backpack, a menacing look, deep red eyes, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. He was directing fleeing civilians at a makeshift NPFL checkpoint decorated with human skulls in the suburb of Voinjama, Lofa County where opposing rebel forces, ULIMO-K, were pushing against Charles Taylorâ€™s NPFL rebels.