The political leader of opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has promised to respond to the internal wrangling that has engulfed the party as a result of the removal of the of the party national chairman, George Solo, by the Executive Committee.
The former Chairman of the CDC, who is renowned for being controversial, was last week removed from his post over what the party termed as a promoter, expediter, and lobbyist for the Robert Sirleaf-for-Senate campaigns, against the party Standard-bearer George Weah.
The CDC, in a statement, indicated “whereas, it has been established that Mr. George G. Solo being a promoter, expediter, Mr. Solo was also accused being after financial rewards at the expense of the party, a move that is totally against his function as administrative head of the party.
But the embattled chairman has sharply reacted nullifying the decision of the party’s executive committee. Mr. Solo says he remains the national chairman of the party.
It is also being reported from some quarters that Ambassador Weah masterminded or orchestrated the move to have Mr. Solo removed as a result of disagreement between the two on the amount to receive from Mr. Sirleaf in order for Ambassador Weah to abandon his Senatorial quest.
Mr. Weah, who has been silent on the saga, said that he will speak on the issue in due course, but is now more concerned about a national issue that should claim the attention of every well meaning Liberia—the Ebola pandemic.
Speaking to newsmen at the district #5 headquarters of the CDC, Mr. Weah promised to address the matter in two weeks time. His response might bring to public glare what is actually happening in the CDC.
He made the statement as the CDC district launched of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, where he, in collaboration with district Representative, Thomas Fallah, distributed some anti-Ebola items to residents.
“I intent to address that issue in two weeks, but I’m now focused on a more pressing national issue. Our country is at a very critical stage now and we all need to stand together to fight this Ebola that is killing our people on a daily basis,” the CDC political leader said.
He added, “Our country is now under a state of emergency as a result of the threat that this virus is posing and we need to take the preventive messages to our people to keep safe.
His response comes amidst numerous calls from the public, especially supporters of the CDC, that their political leader should have a say in the matter in order for them to have a broader understanding of what is transpiring in the party.
The CDC, on August 3, 2014, stated that following a National Executive Committee Meeting it resolved to cast a vote of no confidence in Solo and remove him as Chairman of the party.
“We, members of the National executive committee of the Congress for Democratic Change, meeting under a full quorum at its headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia-Liberia, hereby vote to declare a vote-of-no-confidence in the Chairmanship of George G. Solo, thereby relieving him of his position with immediate effect”, the statement issued late Sunday indicated.
The party said it has been established that external enemies of the CDC were successful in outreach efforts to recruit and contract a collaborator, who is perceived to be Mr. Solo.
The CDC said Mr. Solo has become an internal operative within the party, where his mission of divisive propaganda, rancor, appetite for dissonance, unsettling policy misdirection, and engineered institutional collapse have come to reflect the disruptive agenda of his hirers.
The party further stated, “It has been established through prima facie evidence, and incontestable sources as well as the preponderance of testimonies that Solo is unarguably the principal planner, financier, and the attempted implementer of the philosophical, ideological, structural, and institutional demise of the CDC.”
But Mr. Solo said he remains the national chairman of the CDC, describing those who claimed to have removed him as rude and misguided individuals who are not clothed with any authority to remove him as chairman of the party.
Solo said he is fully recognized by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as head of CDC.
The former CDC boss said the truth of the matter is that he was trying to discourage some of the CDC partisans who are continuously tarnishing the government's reputation on the fight against the Ebola virus.
He denied claims of having received US$500,000 from Mr. Sirleaf. He challenged those he described as detractors to produce recordings on him interacting with Mr. Sirleaf in any form or manner.
He said the political leader of the CDC, George Weah, is disappointed in the behavior of the EC and will return to make his stance known on the ongoing saga within the party—something that is yet to happen since Ambassador Weah’s arrival in the country.