The ruling Unity Party (UP) is said to be losing some of its strong pillars ahead of the 2017 general and presidential elections, despite of the bid of the party’s newly elected Standard Bearer, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to contest next year election, another steward of the party has resigned.
According to a communication dated October 13, 2016, Mr. Musa Bility who chaired UP’s Montserrado County Committee that successfully brought to power President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her second term in 2011has since tendered in his letter resignation to executive committee of the Unity Party.
Mr. Bility who is also President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), in his letter of resignation to the party’s chairman today did not say why he was leaving the ruling party.
In his letter of resignation Mr. Bility said “I write to inform you of my decision to resign from the UP as of the date of this letter. It was a real pleasure to have worked and served over the years and to have been a proud member of the team that elected the leadership of the country in two successive elections.”
The resignation of Mr. Bility brings to two the number of high profile executives of the party who have resigned in less than year. The first was the former Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan who resigned while on a U.S. visit, no reason was also given for his resignation.
Political observers in Monrovia see his resignation as a huge blow to the party, as it seeks a third mandate in the 2017 elections, since he is said to pool a large constituency-based.
Musa Bility has in the past eleven years enjoyed a very close working relationship with the outgoing UP standard bearer President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, winning a place as one of her confidants throughout the political season.