The Inquirer (Monrovia)

8 July 2014

Liberia: CDC Gives Urey 7 Days Ultimatum

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Benoni Urey, a staunch ally of former president Charles Taylor, campaigns for the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (file photo).

Things seem to be falling apart between the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Liberian businessman Benoni Urey who were best of friends as he (Urey) campaigned vigorously for the CDC in 2011 during the elections, visibly wearing the CDC T-shirts along with other party's materials.

But since Mr. Urey openly declared his desire in December 2013, to run for the Presidency in 2017, with speculation that he would work with the party's standard bearer, George Weah, to achieve his goal as a member of the party, Mr. Urey's comments have made him more popular with the Liberian people to contest the Liberian presidency in 2017.

Urey did not only declare his intention but also started preparing himself politically by establishing a supporting auxiliary group called the "Friends of Urey" which has been gaining momentum across towns and villages in country.

Urey's stillness as a member of the CDC as to whether he will independently contest the presidency or use the ticket of the party has made officials of the CDC to have taken aback thus warning him to refrain from engaging in what they referred to as "engendering selfish political discord through organized factional activity".

In a letter dated April 18, 2014 written to Urey by the CDC and signed by Garbla V. Williams, Vice Chairman/Administration, the CDC informed Urey that his action to form the Friends of Urey is against the code of Conduct of the CDC and liable for punishment.

As stated in the CDC letter: "By directive of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); I am pleased to write you this communication, driven by your liable political behavior, which tends to promote a strange ideology, & may be a subtle devise to engender selfish political discord through 'Organized factional activity' as you desperately move to idolize what is now known as 'Friends of Urey'. Please be informed that these demonstrated violations of party policies are also a repugnant breach of PART II BY-LAWS, Chapter I Codes of Conduct, Rule 7e of the constitution of the Congress for Democratic Change. 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 errancy".

On Truth FM breakfast talk show yesterday, CDC Vice President for Operation, Mr. Mulbah Morlu, told the audience that irrespective of Urey's incapacity to cause any serious setback to the co llective aspirations of the grassroots political party CDC, the party has given him 7-day ultimatum to disclaim (disown) or affirm the establishment of this group called "Friends of Urey."

Considering the constitution of the party, Morlu said Mr. Urey is still a member of the CDC but his persistent quietness to comment whether he welcomed the establishment of "Friends of Urey" could lead the CDC to take a stance on this matter.

Morlu reminded the public that CDC has earlier warned Mr. Urey with a letter but up to press time he has not come out to officially respond, something the party has taken seriously and would soon write him (Urey) to state the CDC's decision.

"We cannot hold Urey accountable for what the group's spokesperson, Emmanuel Lormax said but we expected him to speak to this because we still consider him a member of the CDC. Let him come out and comment on Lormax's pronouncement. We give him 7 days to do that, after which the CDC will officially write him stating our stance on the matter," Morlu asserted.

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