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.”