The Chairman of ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Nathaniel McGill has resigned his post as party chair, weeks after President George Manneh Weah appointed him as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
At a short program held at the party’s headquarters on Thursday, 15 February in Congo Town, Mr. McGill said his decision is based on the huge responsibilities he is currently carrying as Minister of State for Presidential affairs and Chief of Office Staff to President Weah.
Mr. McGill tendered in his letter of resignation as CDC Chairman to the party’s national executive committee with immediate effect.
The CDC headquarters was a scene of celebrations and dancing during the short program, with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) seen band rocking the grounds with songs.
CDCians and sympathizers were jubilating at the occasion that is said to be the first ever in the party’s history for a sitting national chairman to turnover power to another person.
The party’s Vice Chairman for Operations and Mobilization Mr. Mulbah Morlu has subsequently been appointed to act in place of Mr. McGill to steer the affairs of the party until it goes for national convention.
Mr. McGill says in consultation with the Governing Council and the Executive Committee of the party, Mr. Mulbah Morlu is now the Acting Chairman of the CDC until the party’s next national convention.
The decision of the Chairman is said to be based on the advice of President Weah in consultation with the leadership and the Governing Council of the CDC.
As chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Mr. Morlu is also automatically the Chairman of Mr. Weah’s party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) which combined forces with two other opposition parties to win last year’s presidential runoff election.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley