1 August 2014

Liberia: Bloody Encounter in CDC Camp - Partisans Chase Chair Solo Out

Monrovia — The headquarters of the grass root opposition Congress for Democratic Change was Friday afternoon a scene of a violent encounter when the party Chairman George Solo and some partisans of the party got embroiled in physical fight using sticks, rocks and other weapons to engage each other.

Upon reporters arrival Chairman Solo was hassled into his vehicle which was departing the party headquarters but several partisans were seen hanging on the vehicle, throwing rocks and sticks at the party Chairman as he hurriedly left the CDC headquarters.

The group of angry partisans mainly youths including women were chanting slogans "Solo you will not sell our party to Robert Sirleaf, we will die " and using profane languages.

One angry partisan who only wanted to be known as Battle Cry Lady yelling with her mouth widely opened told FrontPageAfrica "I want to die for CDC; George Solo will not give our party to Ellen son, unless I die".

Several other youths who attempted attacking journalists but were prevented by officials of the CDC were in angry mood as they ran on the main road chasing Solo's vehicle. One partisan was seen bleeding from the face as he said he did not care about the pain but wanted to revenge on Solo whose followers he blamed for the wound inflicted on him.

"He brought knife here and disrupted our Youth League meeting so, God blessed him", another youth who was prevented from calling his full name by his colleagues remarked.

Many of the partisans are accusing Solo of receiving money from Robert Sirleaf to give the party support to Mr. Sirleaf in the pending Montserrado County senatorial election.

Tragic occurrence, Morlu Blames Solo

After calming the angry partisans, the Mulbah Morlu, Vice Chairman for Operations and Mobilization described the incident as tragic and blamed party Chairman Solo for the crisis.

"We want to brief the public on a tragic occurrence that took place here a few minutes as was orchestrated quite shamefully by Mr. George G. Solo chairman of the CDC", said Morlu.

He explained that Party Chairman solo evaded party premises with men armed with knives, sticks, in one instance a cutlass to disrupt an organized Youth league meeting that was intended to discus significant issues taking place in the party an action he said was contrary to the masses for which the CDC leadership was brought to power.

Said Morlu: "Every CDCian today has been made shame by the unbecoming, unwarranted and untold acts of violence that was exhibited by Chairman Solo when he came to a meeting that was disusing issues about the party with sticks and in one instance a cutlass to cause harm".

Silent war within CDC

Morlu said over the last few months there has been a silent war within the CDC raged by Chairman Solo.

"We will like to tell you that over the past few months there has been a silent war within the party existing between the forces of good who stand in the larger majority against one man who has chosen to conduct himself in ways that contravene the doctrine of the Mighty Congress for democratic Change".

Morlu further said after consulting George Weah who is on way his back to Liberia, the party condemned what he described as the rude behavior of Chairman Solo.

The CDC Vice Chairman said the Chaplin General of the party; Festus C.B. Logan who attempted to persuade Solo not to behave violently was hurt in the process by the Chairman with his arm hurt and shirt torn.

"Pastor Logan was attacked by the Chairman only because he wanted to speak wisdom to him, to stop acting violently" Morlu said.

Solo fate to be Determined

Morlu announced that based on the action of Chairman Solo whom he said ran amok like a mad cow, the National Executive Committee of the party will convene an emergency session to discuss his action.

"Based on reprehensible act of violence orchestrated by Chairman Solo, the Executive Committee will convene in an emergency extra ordinary session as soon as possible to deliberate whatever action will be consistent with the constitution of the CDC which stands compromised by the activities of Chairman Solo today" he noted.

Sources hinted FrontPageAfrica months ago that Solo held discussions with senatorial aspirant Robert Sirleaf and promised to prevail on George Weah to drop out of the race in support of Sirleaf.

When contacted sometime ago, Solo described the allegation as" false and misleading" but inside sources have hinted FPA that Solo has been prevailing on the Executive Committee to endorse his decision in pledging the party support to Sirleaf.

Accordingly, Solo is contending that the CDC does not have money to campaign in Montserrado County and as such should support Sirleaf's senatorial candidacy.

When contacted Friday, Solo phone rang endlessly and he did not also respond to text message sent him as he has done in the past.

One source indicated that Solo also sustained injuries in the process but that could not be verified.

The CDC has already registered George Weah as its senatorial candidate for the ensuing Montserrado County senatorial election. Weah's registration comes amid speculations that there were plans afoot to lobby with him to waive his support to Sirleaf.

Sirleaf has dismissed the reports, telling FrontPageAfrica in a recent interview that it would be an insult to the other candidates in the race to think that way. "It would be an insult to us to even have that type of approach. But I think you can ask them that question. I think everybody have come out and said absolutely not, 'Robert Sirleaf never approached us to buy us out'. That is a fairly consistent statement everybody has made. We haven't done it in the Robert Sirleaf camp. The Ben Sanvee camp has said we haven't done it, the Ali Syllah camp has said we haven't done it... the Weah camp, anybody else outside of that creating this narrative about it's going on, they are going to have to show the evidence. If the people who are supposed to be having this discussion have said this discussion is not going on, I don't know what other narrative they want to have. It's creative storylines. It makes for a very interesting narrative."

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