Former ruling Unity Party (UP) stalwart Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe says the expulsion of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, Senator Conmany Wesseh, Attorney Medina Wesseh and National Secretary General Patrick Worzi by some party executives is unconstitutional and a gross violation of the party’s rules and guidelines.
Rep. Snowe, a Bomi County Representative, told local radio station Truth FM Monday, 12 March that the party lost the election due to lack of confidence in some people who had played vital roles in the campaign activities of the party.
“We lost the election because … some of our party executives did not trust us. There were meetings that some of us denied entry on grounds that we are closed to President Weah and undecided. That made many influential people to take the back seat during the crucial period of the election,” Snowe says.
Mr. Snowe claimed that a few members of UP’s executives took the action, believing that former President Sirleaf failed to support the candidature of former Vice President Joseph Boakai’s in his quest for the presidency last year.
He observed that such UP officials that were bitter with Madam Sirleaf for her alleged supports to President George Manneh Weah are now the ones that are allegedly benefiting from the administration.
Mr. Snowe adds that some are appointed to key positions of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led administration. Mr. Boakai’s running mate, former Speaker Emmanuel James Nuquay is now Mr. Weah’s appointee as Director General at the Liberia Aviation Authority, while former Vice President Boakai received a New Year’s gift from Weah.
The UP expelled Mrs. Sirleaf, amidst longstanding accusations of meddling in last year’s presidential elections won by Mr. Weah, who was by then an opposition candidate.
According to Mr. Snowe, Mrs. Sirleaf and the rest of the expelled UP officials were not accorded due process as required by the 1986 Liberian Constitution and guidelines of the UP.
He claims that the UP former Standard Bearer reportedly supported his nephew instead Unity Party candidate during a by – election in Lofa for the replacement of the late Eugene Fallah Kpakar.
Mr. Snowe also recalls that he (Snowe) and other key UP officials did not support the party’s candidate during the 2014 Special Senatorial election, but the party did not expel them.
He wonders why Mrs. Sirleaf and others are now facing expulsion for such reason.
Meanwhile, Mr. Snowe has pledged his unflinching support to President Weah’s administration because Mr. Weah is from the young generation which he (Snowe) is part of.-
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Winston W. Parley