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CDC dragged to Supreme Court

-As George Solo fights back

The Congress for Democratic Change or CDC has been taken before the Supreme Court of Liberia by its embattled Chairman, George Solo. According to the court document, Chairman Solo is arguing the party’s constitution was grossly violated by some executive members only on the basis of removing him illegally as national chairman of the CDC.

The Congress for Democratic Change headed by Peace and Reconciliation Ambassador George Mannah Weah, recently suspended Chairman Solo for two years for alleged actions that contravene the policy and constitution of the party.

But Solo in his argument to the Supreme Court said, his suspension without due process is contravenes both the constitution of the CDC and the Liberian Constitution.

On August 5, 2014, the party wrote the National Elections Commission, stating that its National Executive Committee has taken a decision to remove Solo as chairman.

But on August 11, 2014, McGill withdrew his communication and submitted another communication, conveying a decision of the National Executive Committee to reduce the embattled chairman’s removal to suspension and referred him (Solo) to the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the party for investigation into a complaint filed against him by some members of the CDC.

Solo immediately protested before the National Elections Commission for possible redress.

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Based on said complaint, NEC launched a probe and held three conferences with all parties involved, aimed at resolving the dispute.

In a letter addressed to Solo dated September 19, 2014, NEC for the first time referred to Solo as “Mr. Solo not as Chairman”, meaning, the Commission under the law, could no longer protect Solo’s image in this difficult period, a senior CDC partisan hinted.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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