Cogent legislative sources have told The NewDawn that House Speaker Alex Tyler has allegedly given US$15,000 to Ambassador George Weah to calm down agitating CDC lawmakers in the House, reportedly leading a plot to remove him from the speaker post.
According to the source, Weah has already assured Speaker Tyler that he will intervene to stop those CDC lawmakers campaigning for his removal. But the Congress for Democratic Change acting Chairman, Nathaniel McGill, has dismissed the claim as baseless.
McGill told this paper via mobile Thursday that Weah has nothing to do with the removal of Speaker Tyler, and didn’t receive a dime from the Speaker. The acting Chairman said he (McGill) has engaged CDC lawmakers at the Capitol not to support any plot against Speaker Tyler.
“I Nat McGill told CDC lawmakers to not support the removal of the Speaker; Ambassador Weah has nothing to do with what is going on in that House,” he clarified.
However, reports from the Capitol say the rebel lawmakers, predominantly from the CDC are resolute in their plan to oust Speaker Tyler through two-thirds majority.
The person said to be eyeing the post is Margibi County Representative Emmanuel Nuquay. Speaker Tyler has allegedly been threatening to remove Representative Nuquay as Chairman for the Ways, Means and Finance committee due to his (Nuauay’s) upbeat posture and reaction against the Speaker’s embarrassing link to a recent financial scandal.
Sources said members of the House of Representatives have been holding secret meetings at the Capitol on whether to unseat Speaker Tyler or not. The catholic-run Radio VERITAS has reported members of the lower House are disenchanted over Speaker’s Tyler alleged act of corruption as contained in the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s findings.
Other lawmakers are calling on the Speaker to step aside until the entire LACC saga is over. This paper also gathered that the actual amount used for the NOCAL oil consultation was $1.2million, but it is yet to be independently established.