UP Chairman to join CDC?
Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Chairman Mulbah Morlu says discussions are underway for suspended opposition Unity Party (UP) Chairman Wilmot Paye and other UP stalwarts to join the CDC.
Mr. Morlu said on Saturday, 25 August that he is looking forwarding to seeing UP’s suspended Chairman Paye and two former UP Montserrado County Representatives Henry Boima Fahnbulleh and J. Cole Bangalie joining the CDC.
Mr. Morlu’s comment on Saturday came when some former members of the Liberian Legislature were joining the CDC.
But it remains unclear as to whether Mr. Paye, Mr. Fahnbulleh and Mr. Bangalie will be moving over to the CDC.
Mr. Morlu says the CDC is opened to all Liberians who want to be part of the team that is destined to move the country forward, especially in a direction that many past leaders did not venture into. Morlu accuses the UP of producing bad leadership during its 12 years of rule.
But he believes that the party has some good people that are not respected by the former ruling party. He notes the CDC is willing to make use of such ‘strong intellectual minds’ from the UP.
Chairman Paye is facing serious investigation within the former ruling party following allegation made against him by some partisans during a retreat in Grand Bassa County.
Based on claims of corruption and his alleged role in UP’s defeat at the 2017 presidential elections, the party recently suspended Mr. Paye indefinitely pending the outcome of further investigations.
UP claims that Mr. Paye was responsible for the party’s defeat, and cites the alleged misuse of money entrusted into his care by candidate Joseph Nyumah Boakai for onward distribution to Nimba County residents ahead of the vote.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley