The exodus of Stalwarts from the ruling Unity Party has numbered in recent weeks, amidst reports that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her son, Roberts Sirleaf are heading for the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change.
Staunch UP supporters including, former Gender and Development Minister Julia Ducan Casselle and former Bong County Superintendent, Selena Mappy-Polson resigned from the party in their quest to contest for seats in the national legislature.
Just a day after former Grand Bassa Senator and former Pro-Temp Gbehzohngar Findley announced his resignation from Unity Party, Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe tendered in his letter of resignation, as Secretary General of the party.
In his letter resignation dated August 3, 2017, addressed to the party’s chairman, Mr. Nagbe said he want to hold the fort in supporting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as she climaxes her historic and exemplary leadership.
UP outgoing Secretary General thanked the National Executive Committee and the entire membership for the opportunity to serve and expressed his hope that the National Campaign Management Team can steer the party to victory.
Prior to the selection of House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay as his running mate to Unity Party standard bearer, it was widely rumored that Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai would have chosen the influential Bassa politician, Findley.
Howbeit, the former Pro-Temp told a news conference in Monrovia Friday that his resignation from the ruling Party goes beyond Vice President Boakai’s failure to choose him as his running mate.
Mr. Findley said the party offered him the opportunity to serve as campaign chairperson for the elections, but he turned down the offer.
These mass resignations come with just two months to the October 10, 2017 representative and presidential polls, which the ruling Unity Party is seeking a third term.
However, the ruling party faces a fierce challenge from the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) headed by former football star and Senator, George Weah.
Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party, former Central Bank of Liberia Governor, Mills Jones, businessman Benoni Urey and Alexander Cummings are also forerunner in the upcoming presidential election.