In the wake of the party convention in Gbarnga in June this year, one of the founders and organizing Chairman Emmanuel Lomax resigned from the ALP, saying he was resigning due to the standard bearer’s dictatorial tendencies.
This time around, another staunch stalwart of the ALP, the Vice Chairman for Mobilization and Rrecruitment, Budu Wilson, resigned from all ALP activities last Monday September 5th due to what he called “lack of financial and other pertinent support to the party”.
According to Mr. Wilson, ALP political leader Benoni Urey has on several occasions failed to provide adequate financial support to the party cadres whilst using the party for his personal aggrandizement.
Budu Wilson narrated that, from the founding of the party the requisite funding for political activities were booming and everything was going on in line with party’s constitution, but since Mr. Urey began to put relatives and friends in ALP, he has lost focus on the party’s way forward thus creating unwanted disappointments.
The one time employee of the Liberia Industrial Free Zone Authority (LIFZA) and former member of the CDC noted that the ALP has built in political dimensions that could provide a political relevance that will enhance the party activities in the upcoming 2017 elections in October, but according to him, “Mr. Urey is inadvertently undermining the process”.
Since the ALP had its first National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County this year, there have been hurdles in moving the party forward due to what partisans of the ALP refer to as gross interference in party constitution by Mr. Benoni Urey, which subsequently led to the resignation of one of the founders, former Chairman Emmanuel Lomax.
Mr. Lomax accused Mr. Urey of placing inexperienced people in positions because of interest and family connection, but Mr. Urey denied Mr. Lomax’s claims and said the ALP is been run on democratic principles.
When many partisans were contacted at the headquarters of ALP they described the resignation of Mr. Wilson as regrettable and said he has been very influential ensuring that the ALP agenda is achievable in 2017.
Many of them attributed his resignation to lack of tolerance within the National Executive Council of the party, while some said ALP is a political institution and not a money making entity.
Our reporter said ALP Chairman Theodore Momo could not be reached, but when contacted through mobile phone, he said the party will respond at an appropriate time.
Months ago, a veteran media specialist who was drafted to revive a dormant news paper, the Liberian Journal, a paper owned and operated by Mr. Benoni Urey, left the paper citing Benoni’s thin skinned approach to the running of his media outfit.