Legislative support pledged to Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) senatorial candidate George Weah has backfired, with some of the petitioners’ party leadership dissociating their party from the pledge to support Weah.
At least 17 members of the legislature recently held a program at the Capitol Building to pledge their support for the senatorial candidacy of the famous footballer, George Opong Weah.
Days later, the governing Unity Party, some of whose lawmakers had pledged to back Weah’s bid, took to the airwaves and described their legislators’ action as “unacceptable.”
According to UP’s secretary general Wilmot Paye, there has not been any change in the leadership of the party’s Legislative Caucus, noting, “Representative Mariamu B. Fofana is the Chair of the UP Legislative Caucus.”
“It must be stressed here that our party is governed by rules. Therefore, the unilateral action by Representatives Bill Twehway, Henry Fahnbulleh and Edwin Snowe endorsing George Weah’s candidacy is unacceptable. This action will never go unpunished.
“Their action is condemnable. So far, we have taken no decision to support anyone. The majority of members of the UP Legislative Caucus are responsible leaders who think before they act. You cannot pledge support to a candidate under falsehood as displayed when Rep. Bill Twehway impersonated as chair of the UP Legislative Caucus,” Paye declared.
The governing party further said the action was “an insult to members of the Legislature and an embarrassment to the very institution that gave Rep. Twehway the platform that he is using against the Unity Party.”
Contacted for comments on his party’s position, Rep. Twehway declined to comment, saying; “go to the Unity Party and ask.”
The move by UP does not in any way injure the senatorial candidacy of Weah, who is most loved by a majority of the youth population, a political commentator averred.
Weah is among 139 candidates opting to replace one of 15 vacancies created in the 53rd National Legislature.
Since placing his name on the ballot in 2005 as a presidential candidate and was beaten by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah has downsized his ambition for political office.
In 2011, Weah surrendered his bid for president to UN diplomat Winston Tubman and instead chose to be Tubman’s running mate.
That process again was fruitless as the Tubman-Weah team failed to defeat the incumbent, President Sirleaf.
The senatorial quest is Weah’s third political attempt with high expectations of clinching the post. However, with challengers such as Liberty Party’s Ben Sanvee, admired by some, Chris Neyor who many think has brought impetus to the debate and economic powerhouse Robert Sirleaf, whose wealth has been questioned by his mother’s Unity Party, Weah has a lot to do in order to emerge as winner of the much desired status of Montserrado Senator.