MONROVIA – The revolutionary political party, Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), has sternly warned the incoming ruling Unity Party (UP), over what the EFFL defines as disrespect allegedly being meted out against her by the UP.
The EFFL fails to disclose the actual manner in which the UP is disrespecting her, but the military-like political party in a statement released Monday via its official social media account verified by Smart News Liberia (SNL), is calling on the incoming ruling party to refrain from disrespecting the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia.
Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia has informed the Unity Party that should it continue to disrespect her, it would unleash on the incoming ruling party what the EFFL terms as heat, which it says the UP may be unable to handle.
“Unity Party, Stop the disrespect. You may not be able to handle our heat.” The EFFL posted on its official Facebook page earlier today.
Critics of the UP, many of whom include those who were once members, supporters, or affiliates of the party, but have fallen out with the incoming ruling party, have on countless occasions publicly accused leaders and policymakers within the UP of being ungrateful and self-indulgent; claims the Unity Party has been unable to sufficiently discount.
The EFFL is a part of the Unity Party Alliance, a conglomeration of close to a dozen opposition political parties that collaborated to support the UP in its quest to assume the country’s presidency during the 2023 presidential elections.
The Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia played a pivotal role in the political campaigns that sealed the victory for the UP and its standard bearer, former VP Joseph Boakai, both during the first round of voting on 10 October and the presidential runoff election on 14 November this year.
During the UP’s first round grand campaign launch on 17 September in Monrovia, the EFFL along with several other allies of the incoming ruling party, played a leading role when they led throngs of supporters and members on a street parade to the venue of the campaign launch, the age-old Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), located in the central region of the capital, Monrovia.
Smart News Liberia (SNL) recalls that during the UP’s 17 September political rally, the EFFL along with Gbarpolu County’s first female Senator Botoe Kanneh, led the parade of a mammoth crowd of jubilant supporters from Point-4 Junction, located at Bushrod Island, unto the ATS, which was jam-packed with Liberians, as a way of showcasing their approbation for a UP victory and a Boakai presidency.
At the time, the EFFL, through its Commander-In-Chief, Emmanuel D. Gonquoi stated that the party was on a mission to rescue Liberia and that there was no turning back.
He emphasized that the EFFL was at war with corruption, drugs, poverty, hunger, and many more issues confronting humanity in Liberia, on the watch of the Liberian president, retired soccer star George Weah.
Notably, during the recently concluded presidential runoff election, the leader of the EFFL, CIC Gonquoi, and his followers traversed the country to canvass for the UP presidential ticket – “The Red Army”, as partisans of the EFFL are called, was in places like Kakata, Margibi County, Bong, Nimba, and Lofa, according to them, in a bid to have protected the votes of Liberians from being rigged.
On 8 November, Gonquoi predicted the ouster of Weah, declaring that there were few more days left for the defeat at the ballot box of the soccer icon turned politician, which he termed as the former soccer star’s expulsion from both politics and the Liberian presidency.
Meanwhile, EFFL leader, Gonquio, has told SNL that the current quarrel between the Unity Party and the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia has not reached crisis proportion.
“It’s not at a crisis point yet,” Gonquoi confirmed the rift between the UP and the EFFL when SNL contacted him today.