House Speaker Alex Tyler, has reportedly resigned from the governing Unity Party. Speaker Tyler, who contested on the Unity Party ticket during two successive elections, did not give any reason for his resignation, but it’s believed that he is politically eyeing the Liberian presidency.
A senior official within the secretariat of the Unity Party, told this paper that Speaker Tyler for past two years has been reluctant with activities of the party, including paying his regular due or financial obligations to the UP.
The Bomi County lawmaker was heavily engaged in the formation of the People United Party or PUP, but fell out with some officials of the party and subsequently formed his own party named the Liberian People Democratic Party or LPDP. When Speaker Tyler was contacted via mobile phone, his phones rang endlessly.
Tyler is the third sitting lawmaker to have resigned from the Unity Party of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Representative Bhofal Chambers of Maryland County and Montserrado County Representative J. Gabriel Nyenkan, had earlier quitted the ruling party.
Addressing the media during his this resignation, Representative Nyenkan said, “All the institutions established by government to fight corruption — Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission or LACC, General Auditing Commission GAC and Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) are all cosmetic.”
He claimed President Sirleaf established a family and friendship government of people from the Diasporas, who are currently feeding on the national resources like “leashes at the expense of the foot soldiers that sacrificed their blood and labor for Madam Sirleaf.”
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor