Solo Opens Up on Weah

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Embattled Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) chairman George Solo has again opened up on his longtime friend, Amb. George M. Weah. This time, Solo accused Weah of holding an American passport.

Solo was removed from office by Executive members of the party this year, a decision he protested based on “illegality,” both at the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Solo disclosed that Amb. Weah in the past, and even during this election, “Holds a social security card and an American passport.”

Pledging allegiance to Liberia and holding other passport under the laws of Liberia is forbidden, and as such, said allegation from Solo is grave.

Solo revealed that he has in his possession a copy of Amb. Weah’s American passport and social security number, but maintained that when the right time comes, “I will make them known to the public.”

According to the Elections Laws of Liberia, the chairpersons of political parties are responsible to register their candidates on that party’s ticket standing in a given election. And in this case, Solo was responsible for the registration of CDC’s candidates before NEC.

Asked whether as party chairman before the hullabaloo that led to his removal, he was responsible for Amb. Weah’s registration in June of this year, his reply was in the affirmative.

According to him, he was a signatory to the provisional listing at the Commission, which is legal, but was not in the know during the final registration period a claim the election body refuted.

“After the primaries, I filed in all provisional registration papers of the party’s candidates to NEC on August 2, 2014. Who filed the final listing of the candidates is what we’re yet to understand.

“I didn’t know that Amb. Weah had American passport all along until after I did the nomination. I’m calling on partisans of the CDC not to participate in this election because the party is up for “violence and chaos.”

“I’m advising parents not to allow their children to get in the streets in this election because CDC is up for no good,” Solo indicated.

Solo, who is under suspension by the party’s executive committee, used the conference to announce the suspension of Amb. Weah and secretary general Nathaniel McGill and the expulsion of vice chairman Mulbah Morlu and youth league chairman Jefferson Koiji.

The reason behind Solo’s pronouncement was not stated, but he said his decision was drawn from the constitution of the party.

Reacting to Solo’s claims and actions, CDC termed him the “comedian of the year.” Mulbah Morlu indicated that Solo’s action “clearly justified why he was removed from the leadership of the party.”

NEC Communications Director Joey Kennedy also dismissed Solo’s allegations, noting that making such claims undermines the integrity of the Commission.

Kennedy noted that after the provisional listing was published, the elections laws provided period for claims, “a period Mr. Solo should have taken advantage of, rather than making such claims at this time.”

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  1. George Solo, what are you trying to perpetuate? I am not a member of CDC or any party due to my being away from the country, but I pray for a better Liberia, in these times that are critical for our land. But on this one, you, sound comical and let it be a full text of Christmas stories for you. You claimed to be inadvertent, let me quote you (“I didn’t know that Amb. Weah had American passport all along until after I did the nomination). So sad that your effort may have gone down the dream for some of these very reasons as a former executive member of CDC. Nothing surprises me much but to observer your little mind with regards to the Elections Commission, because, they will bake you for undermining the commission’s integrity. Now here’s how Director Joey Kennedy, baked you, and I quote him ” noting that making such claims undermines the integrity of the Commission”. Have you forgotten the Commission has legal attachment to the court besides, they have legal minded personnel? Let me assure you that whatever you now disclose about Mr. Weah will not be accepted as an ignorance to the fact from the Commission’s point of view. For you and your assume supporters or conspirators let me put a bit of legal perspective on the term; Inadvertence (The absence of attention or care; the failure of an individual to carefully and prudently observe the progress of a court proceeding that might have an effect upon his or her rights). It may not be of legal importance to you, but my point is that you are responsible for Mr. Weah’s registration and anything that may require legal responsibility in these very matters you are trying to perpetuate. Can we now say it was Negligence on your part as far as the party’s CHAIRMANSHIP is required? According to the Elections Laws of Liberia, the chairpersons of political parties are responsible to register their candidates on that party’s ticket standing in a given election. My man your Conduct falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of partisms against unreasonable risk of election conflicts. Brother man, you acted negligently and departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. But what concerns me most is the danger you are trying to provoke upon the Liberian people. All what the Liberian people now needs to know from you, as former chairman of CDC and a closed friend of Mr. Weah when and how you got to know he had American passport? Why at your so call press conference you did not disclose everything you knew about his passport and American Social Security Card? Could that be your trump card to intimidate Mr. Weah for a recall? Or you just don’t realize the potential threat you’ve embark upon to simply satisfy your political motives? …Brother, please desist and prove yourself in another direction that could prompt your quality for future appointments. As a fellow country man, I say it to you with good intention in the common interest of our children, families, friends and the nation. My greatest respect,

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