After losing hold of his first brainchild, the National Union for Democracy Party (NUDP), Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) has again formed another political party, the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).This comes as the country moves toward the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections with more politicians emerging to contest the presidency and some forming new political parties. A political commentary noted that most political parties in Liberia are built around individuals who also serve as sources of funding for their operations, not as institutions.For example, Senator Johnson, a former rebel leader of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), is among the few popular politicians with huge followings. His large following is due to his origin from voter-rich Nimba County.But Johnson, who contested the 2011 presidential elections, is currently without a political party after he was ousted from the NUDP under whose banner he contested the presidency. His kinsmen see him as a liberator voting him as senator twice, in 2005 and again in 2011. While serving as a sitting Senator, Johnson in 2011 founded the NUDP and contested the presidency, finishing an impressive third behind the Unity Party and the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).Due to the huge population of Nimba County, Senator Johnson and his NUDP became kingmaker, with both UP and CDC courting Johnson’s support.The Nimba County strongman settled for the UP of sitting President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, describing the President as “the lesser of two evils.”After Johnson gave his support to Sirleaf, serious confusion broke out in the NUDP, with members of the party’s Executive Committee accusing him of taking money from the UP in exchange for their support, which he denied. The confusion, however, led to his expulsion from the NUDP. The NUDP was later delisted by the National Elections Commission for failing to meet certain requirements. Following the collapse of the party, Senator Johnson contested the 2014 special senatorial election, which he won as an independent candidate. The lure of Nimba County’s vote-rich status continues to make Johnson a hot political figure. With the emergence of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Johnson appears to once again fortify his base in the hope that he would remain an influential figure in the political sphere.Yesterday, the Daily Observer learned that Senator Johnson is in the process of completing the formation of MDR to aid his political quest in 2017. Sources have also hinted to this newspaper that the new MDR would be in negotiations with other parties for a possible merger.Wilfred Bangura, who is expected to serve as Secretary General of the MDR, confirmed that the party is only waiting to be certified by the NEC. On the issue of the party forming a merger, Bangura said the MDR, once certified, will remain open to all well-meaning political parties and individuals that have similar goals as the MDR. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Really, he was something. Played a beautiful game. The kind USC followers have become spoiled by from their quarterback. Mark Sanchez looked like someone who belonged under center for the Trojans. Like someone out of the USC quarterback mold, who one day may have his own Heisman dreams. And you know where this is going. Sanchez steps in for the injured John David Booty on a marvelous fall afternoon and leads USC to a staggeringly easy 38-0 victory Saturday over struggling Notre Dame. Only Booty’s broken finger is just about healed and he expects to start Saturday in Eugene against No. 7 Oregon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I do in my mind,” Booty said. “Totally. No doubt about it.” Sanchez, buoyed by his performance, would like to keep going. “I don’t want to let it go,” Sanchez said. “Now that I have it, I don’t want to look back. I just want to keep rolling.” It is the unexpected USC quarterback controversy. A midseason surprise that Coach Pete Carroll only figures will make his team stronger. Which quarterback will make them stronger next week, is one of those matters Carroll would not touch Saturday. One quarterback is going to start, one is going to play the good soldier. “I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “What I do know is, we’re going to make the best decision that we can possibly make with the information we have. We’re not going to rush to please anybody.” This won’t stop the local populace from taking sides, championing one or the other. Nothing stirs the sporting masses like a good quarterback debate. And based on Sanchez’s four-touchdown performance against the Irish, he figures to have some major campaign momentum. It will be yet another difficult decision for Carroll and a key to the future success of this year’s USC squad. Yet for all the great potential displayed by Sanchez, for his superior mobility and obvious upside, here’s a vote to stay with Booty. It is not an easy call, maybe not the obvious one, but Carroll can’t be overly swayed by an impressive performance in one game. Booty started every game for USC last year. He threw for more than 3,300 yards, 29 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He led USC to an 11-2 season. He was hyped as potential Heisman winner coming into this season, but his early season was not the kind that wows voters. His numbers are down, and then there was that struggling, four- interception performance in the season-changing loss to Stanford. After which, it was learned he had fractured a finger on his throwing hand in the first half. He is a senior who patiently waited his turn behind Matt Leinart. There is something to be said for loyalty, certainly, but his experience gives USC its best chance as it begins the most challenging part of its schedule with games at Oregon, Cal, Arizona State and at home against UCLA. There is also the unwritten rule observed by many coaches, that players don’t lose their starting position to injury. “That’s not my rule,” Carroll said. “I don’t mean to be making it controversial in any sense. “John’s been our starting quarterback. He has (18) starts under his belt. He’s a fantastic football player. He’s not healthy yet. You go try to throw with a broken finger. It doesn’t work.” This is an issue that would have been hard to see coming last week after Sanchez’s so-so first start in USC’s unimpressive 20-13 victory over Arizona. He seemed hurried, looked somewhat uncomfortable. He threw a couple of hellacious interceptions. Generally played like someone making their first collegiate start. But Saturday at Notre Dame, the redshirt sophomore seemed like a completely different player. The game had already slowed down for him. Protected well by his line, he played with confidence, was in command. Sanchez completed 21 of 38 passes for 235 yards, plus had several dropped. He completed passes to eight different receivers, four of whom caught touchdown passes. He was never sacked and did not throw an interception. “This was huge for Mark,” Carroll said. “Huge to get on the road, playing against the crowd and the whole thing, and realize he can do it. And he did a fantastic job. “This was a much better performance than last week, although under the circumstances that was a stellar performance last week too, because it was his first time ever.” Sanchez’s game was not as restricted as it had been against Arizona, but still somewhat conservative. And, of course, it came against a very bad Notre Dame team; it was the biggest USC victory against the Irish ever. “I started to feel real good,” he said. “Things started clicking. I started seeing things more clearly, and once that happened, we got on a roll.” Carroll said Booty could have played Saturday if Sanchez had not delivered, though it would have meant playing through the pain. Now Booty is confident he’ll be ready to go by Tuesday’s practice, ready to resume his place as USC’s starting quarterback. USC has two quarterbacks who want to start, who say they’ll back the other if they don’t. “It’s a great asset to have two quarterbacks who can play,” Carroll said. “We’re very lucky to have that. As soon as John’s ready, then we’ll figure it out.” There’s clearly no wrong decision here, but if Booty proves healthy, he deserves the nod. His experience against a good team in a hostile environment could prove the difference. What USC learned Saturday, however, is that the future under Sanchez is also looking pretty. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!