The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature, J. Alex Tyler, Sr., has tendered his resignation from the ruling Unity Party (UP), via a letter to the Party’s Chairman, Grand Cape Mounty County Senator Varney Sherman.
When contacted over the weekend via mobile phone, Speaker Tyler confirmed to the Daily Observer that he had resigned and promised to make it officially formal ‘very soon.’
“I have resigned from the Unity Party and will get to the press soon,” Speaker Tyler said.
Speaker Tyler’s resignation came merely few days after recent media reports that he and the President Pro Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, are individually lobbying for the vice standard bearership of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) led by Montserrado County Senator George M. Weah.
The Daily Observer also learned that Speaker Tyler has been tipped as the Standard Bearer for the Liberian People’s Democratic Party (LPDP). LPDP is headquartered in Airfield-Lakpazee and is chaired by Cllr. Edward Guba.
Another report says there is now an on-going negotiation for a merger of the LPDP with the CDC, for Speaker Tyler to actualize his ambition of becoming a vice presidential candidate.
The Speaker’s resignation from the ruling party is one of several in recent times. Just weeks ago, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper and Grand Kru County Representative, George Wesseh Blamoh, also resigned from UP.
And while Augustine K. Ngafuan has resigned from the helm of the Foreign Ministry, unconfirmed sources say that he has also left the the UP.