George Solo, National Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC narrowly escaped suspension during an executive committee meeting chaired by George Manneh Weah at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town last Friday, 18 October, the New Dawn has reliably gathered.
The meeting, reportedly presided over by Ambassador Weah, lasted seven hours characterized by tension with the CDC political leader recommending for the suspension of George Solo from the chairmanship.
A source from the party told this paper that during the meeting, Weah and other influential members of the Executive Committee observed that of late, Chairman Solo has been engaged in making 'some reckless statements' that are gradually making the party unpopular with the people.
Weah is also quoted as saying that calls by Solo and his Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, for the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is not in the interest of the CDC and the country at large.
He stressed that a resignation of President Sirleaf does not necessarily qualify the CDC to take state power, noting that such action by Morlu and other members of the party could make the Congress for Democratic Change unpopular with the people.
Weah, now Peace and Reconciliation Ambassador for the country, said his call for the suspension of Chairman Solo does not presuppose that the government is hundred percent correct in its functionaries, but that peace in Liberia was paramount and no one should abuse it. Based on intervention from other members of the executive committee, Weah then overturned his decision.
However, he threatened to expel or suspend Chairman Solo for time indefinite if he continues to make statements that have the propensity of bringing the party to public ridicule.
Due to Weah's stance, George Solo is said to have walked out of the meeting, while Morlu was made to apologize with a promise to discontinue the 'Ellen must step down' campaign.
However, when contacted via mobile phone on Sunday, Morlu denied the information, saying Ambassador Weah only warned them to desist from calls for the President to resign. It can be recalled that Chairman Solo attacked Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Johnson and threatened to issue citizens' arrest if Sen. Johnson continues to launch stinging vocal attack on any officials of the CDC. Solo is also on record of calling for the resignation of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf.
When the National Secretary General of the CDC, Nathaniel McGill, was contacted via mobile phone, he refused to speak on the outcome of Friday's meeting, but said the party will today, Monday, issue an official statement to the public, expressing its position on the 'Ellen must step down' campaign.