It appears that the “honey-mood” between the first partisan of the ruling Unity Party (UP), President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and Chairman of the UP, Dr. Charles A. Clarke, is over, as he is already poised to resign his position. Dr. Clarke has been telling a number of radio stations in Monrovia that his resignation as Chairman will be announced officially at the Party’s Convention scheduled for Gbarnga, Bong County in February this year. But he fell short of stating the reason(s) for his decision.
This comes in the wake of reports that Clarke no longer enjoys the confidence of First Partisan Sirleaf, as evidenced by her apparent persistent refusal not to honor recommendations from Clarke, for appointments in government, as well as financial support to his administration–something, reports say, has resulted to huge arrears for the party local offices throughout the country, salaries and logistics.
Sources within the party hinted The New Dawn that the Chairman’s resignation is being initiated by the President.
But Presidential Press Secretary, Cyrus Wleh Badio, said it was unthinkable for the President to engage in such practice. Badio, who spoke to this paper briefly when contacted on the matter, added that, he has no knowledge on the issue.
Meanwhile, our sources revealed that the Former Superintendent of Nimba County, Harrison Kanwea, is being tipped to be the next chairman of UP.
Our sources divulged that discussions were still on-going between Mr. Kanwea and some influential stalwarts of the party on the matter, adding that Kanwea is being tipped for the Chairman because of the his popularity in Nimba County.
According to Liberia’s latest census, Nimba is ranked second next to Montserrado in term of population.