By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
In the wake of Mr. Benoni Urey’s pronouncement to contest the presidency in 2017, the party (CDC) which he strongly supports and expects to back him has spoken out loudly detesting his quest to take the highest seat of the land.
Urey, a successful Liberian businessman and a supporter of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in the 2011 general elections told Liberians few months ago that he will be contesting the presidency in 2017.
Since his declaration, there had been speculations in the public as to how Mr. Urey would contest the presidency while he supports CDC political leader George Weah who is also eyeing the same seat.
Urey had earlier told the INQUIRER in an exclusive interview late December 2013 that as a supporter of the CDC, his concentration for now is to make Ambassador Weah Senator of Montserrado County while he (Urey) prepares to run the race in 2017.
But to lay this matter to rest as to whether Urey will contest on CDC ticket or not since he strongly believes in the ideology of the party, CDC Chairman, George Solo, yesterday, May 7, 2014, told radio audience on a local talk show that CDC does not support anyone for now except Amb. George Weah.
“I will not be dishonest to support anyone that will leave Weah. I strongly support George Weah for the Presidency. The intent of the CDC is to make Weah President. Urey’s situation has to do with the regulation of the CDC. At primary, I have one vote and that vote is for Weah,” CDC Solo said.
Concerning Mr. Weah’s Senatorial bid, Chairman Solo explained that the incumbent Montserrado County Senator, Joyce Musu Freeman Sumo, earlier told the party in a meeting that due to her poor health, she wouldn’t re-contest the October 2014 Special Senatorial election.
As a result, and as Chairman of the party, Ambassador Weah has been the only candidate that has officially informed him (Solo) to contest the Senatorial seat for Montserrado.
Meanwhile, Solo who had contemplated running the Senatorial seat in his native home-Grand Gedeh has decided to suspend his ambition for now and concentrate on the post as chairman of the main opposition CDC. His decision comes about after series of consultation with family, friends and other political figures.