Unity Party Vice Chairman for Mobilization in Bong County is resisting his suspension by the county chairman for refusal to support the senatorial candidacy of Ranney Jackson.
The UP Bong County Chairman Robert Womgbe, in a press statement in the county announced the immediate suspension of the county’s Secretary General, Arthur Bestman; Vice Chairman for Mobilization, Ernest Siakor, and District #5 Coordinator, James Ngwaryah.
But the Vice Chairman for Mobilization Mr. Ernest Siakor, has maintained that Chairman Womgbe does not have any legal ground to suspend a senior member of the party. Mr. Siakor described the suspension as bogus, saying he was surprised to hear his suspension on radio without receiving a letter.
He vowed not to support candidate Ranney Jackson on grounds that he was not chosen at primary, but allegedly handpicked by President Sirleaf and other senior Executive Committee Members based in Monrovia. Siakor said though he is not against Mr. Jackson as the party’s candidate, but dislikes the manner in which he was imposed on partisans in Bong.
The UP Bong County Vice Chairman for Mobilization said he will prevail on his two colleagues also suspended by the county chairperson not to give credence to their suspension. Meanwhile, Unity Party Representative Prince Karmue Moye, has described the suspension as ‘laughable and unreasonable.’
Hon. Moye told The NewDawn correspondent in Bong that the county chairman has overlapped his functions, noting that it is only the National Executive Committee of the UP that has such mandate.
He said the party hierarchies cannot be suspended for supporting another candidate when leaders of the National Executive Committee have set similar example by supporting people outside the party, especially in Montserrado County.