Bong County — The hall of the Gbarnga Administrative Building nearly begin a legislative ground when members of the Bong County legislative caucus, who had gathered to elect a new leadership, suddenly engaged in heated argument following call for a postponement of the process by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.
Senator Taylor had suggested to her colleagues that the polls shouldn't be held at the Gbarnga Administrative Building because that was not the prime purpose of their converging in Gbarnga.
She said the caucus had gone to discuss developmental issues for the county, arguing that the timing for the election was not appropriate as any election for new leadership should be conducted at the Capitol Building in Monrovia rather than in the presence of the citizens, who had assembled to deliberate on the county's development agenda.
However, Senator Taylor's suggestion was vehemently opposed by majority members of the caucus led by its current Chair Representative George Mulbah, who insisted that the election should go ahead without any precondition.
"We have to conduct this election today; this is the best opportunity we have in the presence of those who elected us from the seven electoral districts of this county and I do not want for people to harbor the feeling that I am trying to clinch on power", Representative Mulbah told his colleagues as he appointed Bong County Development Superintendent Anthony Sheriff to chair the process.
But moments following the appointment of Development Superintendent Sheriff, Senator Taylor immediately walked out, asking some of her colleagues to boycott the process as she boarded her Senator -11 jeep and headed for Monrovia.
She was later followed by Representative Bill Conneh of Electoral District Six, who supported her view that the election for the caucus be held in Monrovia rather than Bong. After their departure, the hall became very noisy with descending views coming from other caucus members, including some delegates, who came for the development council meeting.
Addressing journalists at a hastily arranged press conference, the chairman of the Bong Legislative Caucus Representative George Mulbah expressed disappointment in the boycott, led by Senator Taylor.
Mulbah explained that members of the caucus had agreed at the Capitol Building in Monrovia for the election to be held in Gbarnga, Bong County following the development meeting, but was surprised that some of his colleagues have shunned the process.
"If Senator Taylor and other colleagues knew they were not prepared for the election then why they allowed people to applied for various posts in the caucus prior to our coming to Gbarnga? Perhaps they are sensing defeat", he noted.
He said prior to the abrupt postponement, he had received applications from Senator Henry Yallah and Gorpu Barclay for the chairmanship, while representatives Lester Paye and Prince Moye applied for the posts of co-chair and secretary general, respectively.
Our Bong County correspondent observed that due to the disagreement, the Bong Legislative Caucus has split into two camps with Senator Taylor supporting her colleague in the Senate Henry Yallah for the chairmanship, while the outgoing chair George Mulbah is throwing his support behind Representative Gorpu Barclay as a possible successor.
Senator Taylor's camp reportedly fell short of one member to clinch the chairmanship when former deputy speaker Togbah Mulbah of electoral district one threw his support behind Gorpu Barclay, leaving the Taylor camp with no alternative, but to raise the issue of venue and time.
Meanwhile, ongoing chairman George Mulbah has been mandated to hold-on for the next two months when election for a new leadership will be held. The decision was reached following an emergency meeting among majority members of the caucus, who met in the office of Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy.