1 May 2014

Liberia: CDC Suspicious of Urey

The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) seems to be hatching signs symptomatic of its deep-seated suspicion of partisan Benoni Urey and his activities, recent unfolding developments in the form of statement against Mr. Urey suggest.

Since the declaration by Mr. Urey of intention to throw his hat in the race to Liberia's highest office, the presidency, there have been somehow jittery instances, one of which is the latest warning coming from the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), which, by all accounts, is the highest decision-making arm.

The CDC NEC, in a May 1, 2014 communication addressed to Urey, warned him against engaging in ' what it clamed is his liable political behavior which tends to promote strange political ideology to the dismay of the party.

Though opaque the warning appears to be in terms of the strange political ideology, CDC, however, made reference to an apparent subtle devise being allegedly orchestrated by Mr. Urey to engender a selfish political discord through organized factional activity to desperately move to idolize what it referred to as Friends of Urey.

Describing these packs of actions as demonstrated violations of party laws and policies, it further said it would be in his interest of Mr. Urey were he to revise and change course.

"Thus, it is in your best interest to be cautioned that the flagrant missteps characterizing said deficits may aggravate far-reaching consequences that could be averted only were you to halt any further actions on that path of your errands," CDC NEC noted in its communication.

"Irrespective of your incapacity to cause any serious setback to the collective aspirations of this surging grassroots political frontline, your attempted disposition towards creating schism and secession obviously intended to disrupt the progressive path of the CDC, is intrinsically delusional and is a premise of subjective resistance to proper reasoning, if not restrained," it warned in the communication under the signature of Vice Chairman for Administration Garbla V. Williams. In order not to further jeopardize the interest of the party and in the same vain dampen his own political chances, as it relates to his intention to run in the 2017 elections as presidential candidate, CDC called on its likely "most-feared partisan" to cover himself under the shadow of the party's avowed laws and policies.

"Under the circumstances, it is predictable that as of now you will continue to remain a law-abiding member of this great national cause, and shall endeavor to uphold the ideological, ethical, & constitutional standards of the CDC as enshrined in Part II By-Laws, Chapter I Codes of Conduct, Rule I of the party which explicitly states that "all members, without exception, must abide by the Constitution of the CDC, the By-Laws, the Standing Orders, Rules and Regulations and Codes of Conduct as adopted or amended from time to time," it is noted in the communication.

Claiming that it subscribes to the dogma of creating boundless democratic charter for the free expressions of individual or collective political liberty, CDC, however, retorted that it cannot neglect the revered duty to hold accountable partisans, or affiliating members who would seek to chart a course of constitutional errancy, including actions which it said are akin to undermining the central objectives of this movement. According to the party, Mr. Urey's decision to plan, seek, gather and construct a political alliance that now operates contrariwise to the purposes, objectives, and institutional directions of the CDC is a violation of the rules governing the party.

As per its guidelines and laws, the party reserves the right to institute disciplinary proceedings against any member whose conduct, acts or omissions, prejudices the integrity or reputation of the CDC.

"Moreover, evidence of interplaying scenarios continue to shed light on your alignment, in public & private, with known individuals whose declarations, actions & inactions stand in antagonism of the interests of the CDC, to the effect that your collaboration with said individuals is seized upon as a brazen outlet for the spread of false information, misleading propaganda & outright lies intended to besmear the good image of the CDC," the communication said.

"Despite the party's 1st January 2014 publication calling for a focus of an institutional strategy towards collective support for this year's Special Senatorial elections; an approach that's an offshoot of the organization's communications policy, you appear gripped by an inordinate urge for image-glorifying publicity spree, which may have given rise to your proliferated self-anointed oratory without internal consultation. Please remain cautious that unless authorized by the National Executive Committee, it is reprehensible for any member of the CDC to make public utterances that infringes on the image or policy of the party; any such violations will be subject to internal administrative investigation, where punitive measures cannot be ruled out."

"Going forward, it is believed that your actions are not only susceptible to turmoil & dissonance, but are penchant for individual partisan superiority, a false entitlement fraught with elitist affinity, which shall be countered to its roots consistent with the Bye-Laws & constitution of the CDC."

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