Congress for Democratic Change political leader Senator George Weah has reportedly threatened CDC lawmakers in the House of Representatives not to vote for the removal of embattled Speaker Alex Tyler as any CDCian doing so could face the wrath of the party, but party chairman Nathaniel McGill has denied.
In what critics describe as tacit support for corruption, Weah is said to have issued the threat over the weekend in a meeting with party executives and CDC legislative caucus at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town.
But speaking to this paper via mobile phone Tuesday, Chairman McGill said it is impossible for the political leader Weah to have made such intimidating comment to honorable members of the House. He conceded that every Friday, the CDC leadership and legislative caucus meet to discuss state’s matters, but the last weekend’s meeting had nothing to do with the bribery report by Global Witness.
However, reports reaching The NewDawn from multiple sources say Senator Weah in the meeting over the weekend, threatened to personally thwart the re-election bid of any CDC lawmaker, who will cast a ballot or sign a resolution for the removal of Speaker Tyler.
According to the reports, he said the primary target of the CDC is to democratically unseat the ruling Unity Party in 2017, and it makes no sense for CDC lawmakers to go after a fellow opposition member from a key government office only to appease the Presidency.
Speaker Tyler is facing trial for allegedly receiving US$75,000 as ‘consulting fees’ out of the US$950,000 reportedly offered Liberian officials by Stable Mining Company of Britain. Since the release of the report, there have been mixed reactions and political in-fights on the exposure of a corruption syndicate by the renowned UK-based environmental watchdog, Global Witness.
Tyler had previously been linked to a US$25,000 scandal at the bankrupt National Oil Company of Liberia or NOCAL. Weah further stressed that the CDC should take the direction of promoting the opposition against the ruling establishment, but it would be shameful and embarrassing in the near future to hear or read that CDC lawmakers contributed to the downfall of a fellow opposition, which he termed as politically imprudent.
This paper also reliably gathered that CDC lawmakers in the meeting resisted the position of Weah on grounds that the public is already in the know about their respective positions on unfolding development at the Capitol.
They said the only option is to remove Speaker Tyler, instead of recusal as was earlier proffered by the bloc against the Speaker. Another report says the anti-Tyler bloc in the House of Representatives led by Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe and CDC Acarous Gray has already solicited about 52 signatures in the campaign to oust the Speaker.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Jonathan Browne