The National Secretary General Wilmot Paye of the ruling Unity Party has officially declared his intention to contest for the party’s chairmanship. Earlier, it was reported that Gender and Development Minister Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, Attorney Madina Wesseh, and Montserrado County Representative Henry Fahnbulleh had declared intention for the chairmanship, but up to present, the public has not heard anything about their interest.
In a brief news conference at the party’s Congo Town’s headquarters in Monrovia Wednesday, Mr. Paye said following consultations throughout the country with stalwarts and partisans of the ruling party, he has reached the conclusion of vying for the party’s highest seat.
He has held the national secretary general post for about ten years, putting him in a better position to contest for the chairmanship. Mr. Paye said his quest for the chairmanship is based on broad consultations with stakeholders and supports he had received from all walks of life about his dream to lead the ruling party.
According to him, the decision is also based on the fact that the current Chairman, Senator Varney Sherman, who is facing bribery charges, is not re-contesting for the post thus, creating corridor for vacancy in the leadership of the party which he thinks could be adequately filled by him.
He added that his services and contributions to the party for the past ten years is enough to become its next chairman, stressing that he has worked so diligently with honesty, transparency and commitment for the UP over the years.
According to him, he and his team has toured the entire country, seeking partisans’ support to elect him chairman at the pending convention on July 7, in Gbarnga, Bong County. Mr. Paye said if given the opportunity, he will transform the party to a partisan-centered institution, where partisans’ plight will be highlighted.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor