Claim: Senator Prince Johnson says it is only the Unity Party that can redeem Liberia.
Source: Shine Liberia
Full Text: As the debate for who will be named as running mate to Joseph N. Boakia parade on social media and who is capable of replacing George M. Weah, Liberians have been concerned thus taking to social media with different claims.
Among these claims, Shine Liberia, a blog with 145 thousand followers on Sunday, April 23, 2023, quoted Senator Prince Johnson as saying, “It is only the Unity Party that can redeem Liberia from George Weah’s missile.”
The claim furthered that Prince Y. Johnson Vows to support Unity Standard bearer.
“Unity Party, a major opposition political party that has ruled Liberia for two successful terms under the stewardship of former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is yet to announce its vic presidental pick. The party was defeated in the 2017 elections by Liberia’s footballing President, Weah.
it is only Unity Party that can redeem Liberia from George Weah’s misrule ~ Prince Y. Johnson Vows to support Unity Standard bearer, seven days before UP’s official announcement for the Vice Running mate to VP Joseph N. Boakai
Shine Liberia, why do you think Weah’s political ally is refusing to support him? Is it because Weah is looting the Country?
Or is it that Sen. Johnson simply supporting UP because Weah refused to give him the money he requested as usual?”
The post had received 200 reactions, 170 comments and 21 shares of the time of our check.
Verification: We checked Senator Johnson’s official Facebook page and found nothing of such, we also checked the Pepper Bird page where most of his messages are aired and found nothing. We came across a live press conference held at the Nimba County Senator’s home the same day the claim was posted by the blog.
In that live press conference, Senator Johnson was heard rallying citizens, particularly Nimbains, to support the Unity Party regardless of who it prefers as a vice-running mate in the pending elections.
Conclusion: There is nowhere in the Sunday, April 23, 2023, a live video of the Nimba County Senator describing former VP Boakai, the one who will redeem Liberian from Weah’s missile. This claim that quoted PYJ as saying , “It is only the Unity Party that can redeem Liberia from George Weah’s missile” is Incorrect.
This story was produced with the Center for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) support.