In the wake of his illegal expulsion from the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Cllr. Winston A. Tubman on Monday said farewell to party politics in Liberia, but assured that CDC will wrestle power in 2017; but cautioned it against dashing the hope of Liberians upon assuming political power.
Tubman official resignation from party politics followed his controversial leadership role as Standard bearer of the CDC, which ended days after a very few officials of the party in consultation with George Weah, issued a statement announcing his expulsion.
Tubman, a nephew of Liberia's 18th president, has had a rocky political experience, marred by expulsions from the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), Liberia National Union (LINU) and now the Congress for Democratic Change.
Speaking at a news conference Monday, Tubman said he was indebted to former soccer star turned politician George Weah who signified his strong desire to resume the standard bearer-ship of the CDC which he (Weah) voluntarily relinquished to him (Tubman) in preference over and above all other interested Liberian politicians.
"I, having been thus placed in a political debt to Ambassador Weah, hereby wish to announce that I have decided to retire from politics to private life in order that Ambassador Weah may resume his desires; the CDC standard bearer-ship which he made available to me, most and most importantly, in order that the threatening devastating divisions within the ranks of our great party may be adverted," he noted.
He said as he departed, the CDC must at this juncture, become the catalyst by which Liberia can avoid what the people have seen in other African countries where natural resources exist, yet the absence of national unity, lack of good governance and rampant corruption have caused the plight of common people to worsen continuously.
Mean while, there are speculations in the camp of the CDC that the Secretary General Acarous Gray is under serious pressure from Weah for the expulsion of the Tubman from the CDC.
According to the report, Weah has instructed Gray to tell the Liberia public that Tubman's expulsion was unilateral and the decision of the entire party to sent Tubman away. The information is yet to be confirmed by this paper.