According to a top ULD party insider who spoke with the Capitol Times, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent ULD convention from which MacDella Cooper emerged as Standard Bearer on a white ballot.
The convention was a classic coup d’état executed by MacDella and some members of the ULD National Executive Council, the source said.
“They held the convention even though the court had served an injunction halting the event until hearing into complaints by another group of NEC members which included the current ULD standard bearer Jonathan Mayson, party founder Dr. Robert Kpoto, Secretary General Prince Varney, Vice Chairman for Recruitment and Mobilization Varfley Dorley, among others,” the source intimated.
ULD is accordingly now splintered into two factions: the pro-MacDella Cooper group headed by its beleaguered Chairman Solomon Khan, against the pro-Jonathan Mayson group. Khan, according to insiders, might come out of the fracas the least winsome since in fact his “umbilical cords” are still firmly hitched to Jonathan Mayson.
“The present ULD headquarter in New Kru Town is leased by Dr. Kpoto and Mayson. Khan in fact lives in the two-storey building. What we’ve heard is that the lessees are preparing to evict him from the building because he surreptitiously went to the owner begging to renew the lease in MacDella Cooper’s name even though the tenure of the lease had not expired,” another ULD insider revealed.
In the wake of the current ULD tug of war, it is reliably learned that former Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Jonathan Mayson and his team are preparing a legal onslaught to break MacDella Cooper’s sway over a party that has prided itself for being one of the most united grassroots political institutions. Information gathered by this paper indicate that Chairman Khan has been officially suspended and replaced by Mr.Dorley and that the electoral body has been duly informed about the realignments.
As both sides prepare for legal battles at the courts and the National Elections Commission, the fate of thousand grassroots voters who have hitched their hopes on the ULD remains uncertain.
“We never saw this kind of ugly situation before in our party. To the extent that someone will use money to influence some of our members to boo Dr. Kpoto at the convention, I really don’t know where we are heading,” says Jema Sarnor, a resident of Caldwell who is also a staunch ULD sympathizer.
It can be recalled, MacDella Cooper, was recently bashed by the media for remarks made in a USA, to the effect that anyone can buy elections in Liberia with money.
When our reporter contacted suspended ULD chairman Khan via telephone for his side of the story, he curtly cut off the connection. All attempts to contact him proved futile.
As for Mr. Jonathan Mayson, he refused to comment on the issue, citing the ongoing litigation.