The national campaign chairman of the All Liberian Party (ALP) of presidential hopeful Benoni Urey is seeking an open apology from the Government of Liberia for alleged illegal acts meted against Mr. Urey.
Mr. George Solo, ex-chairman of the Congress for Democratic, who parted with Senator George Weah in 2015, says the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf created falsehood against the ALP standard bearer under the guise of promoting transparency and integrity by conducting an audit of the Liberia Maritime Authority for the period when Mr. Urey served as head of the institution during the administration of ex-President Charles Ghankay Taylor.
Speaking at the ALP headquarters in Monrovia on Monday, 11 September he notes that the audit shows that Mr. Urey did nothing wrong.
Solo continues that still not satisfied, the Sirleaf administration advocated to have Mr. Urey placed on United Nations sanction list, barring him from traveling out of Liberia.
He notes that following series of investigations by the international community, the United Nations and the United States lifted the travel ban, gigging Urey a flying color.
He argues that with Mr. Urey possessing these clean records that have been proven both locally and internationally, the best option for the government is to apologize to the ALP standard bearer for wrong perception and wrongful punishment.
Solo reiterates that his relationship with now Coalition standard bearer George Weah had since ended from the day he resigned from the CDC as chairman and subsequently quitted the party.
Coming back home, he says the ALP is in the 2017 Presidential and Representative elections with its full might, focusing to win the Executive Mansion through a democratic, transparent, free and fair election.
He brags that this weekend, the party will demonstrate its strength to win the polls when it officially launches it campaign for the presidency.
The launch is expected to be held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, to be characterized by series of events that would subsequently extended to all 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County.
Solo says the ALP is certain of victory and will not take any political party and candidate lightly as the future and hope of the country rest in the palm of Benoni Urey’s.
Reflecting on recent political rallies held by rival parties in Monrovia, the ALP campaign chair notes that some of the rallies are crowded by under age kids and people who want to see celebrities for the first time.
Both Solo and Urey once held strong ties with the CDC of George Weah with the former becoming national chairman and the latter, chief financier during the 2011 elections.
He stresses that the streets were not packed by partisans, supporters and sympathizers, but people who wanted to see those exercises, including celebrities.
Though Solo mentioned no names, his former buddy and political comrade, George Weah is one time Africa and World’s best footballer, winning both internationally acclaimed titles in a single year before retiring from professional soccer in 2005 to come to active politics.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne