Grand Gedeh County Senator Alphonso Gaye has expressed fear on the over crowdedness of Senators from the ‘Old Order,’ in the President Pro Tempore’s race, arguing that there is a need for them to be united under a single candidate.
Sen. Gaye urged veteran Senators to have combined front in order to champion the unique idea, of winning the coveted seat ahead of the freshman Senators.
The Grand Gedeh lawmaker said the troop of Senators in the race for the 2nd top position at the Liberian Senate has the propensity of defeating the cause and objective of protecting the morale of the Upper Chamber, but rather give ‘Freshman Senators’ the urge to amalgamated against themselves.
Senator Gaye made the remarks yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, during which he formally declined his interest for the Pro Tempore post.
He joined Bong County Senator Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor, who had earlier declined because of similar reasons.
Senator Gaye, who is also the Chairman of the Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus, further argued that they have to prove to be politically mature and wise in the handling the race for a cause.
The Senator’s observation is stemmed from expressions of interest from four Senators from the Old Oder, which include Senators Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe County), Armah Z. Jallah (Gbapolu), Oscar Cooper (Margibi) and Dan Morias (Maryland County).
Reliable reports gather say, Grand Kru Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman has also expressed his interest for the President Pro Tempore position.
The Grand Gedeh Senator has dispelled reports of not being a member of the Senate Majority Bloc, saying that all members of the ‘Old Order’ are automatically members of the Bloc which is aimed to elect one of their ‘kinds’ at the Pro Tempore seat.
Sen. Gaye, is the Chairman on the Committee of Public Corporations; Co-chairman on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Co-chairman on the Statutory Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, after successfully serving as Chairman on the Sub-committee on Revenue and Finance.
Prior to going to the Upper House of the National Legislature, Sen. Gaye served as Financial Specialist for USAID-Liberia from 2001 – 2005. He got into government where he served for16 years at the Ministry of Finance in several positions, ranging from Account Specialist to Commissioner of Customs. He also served as the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA) and then Minister of Transport.