In just a week for the holding of the ruling Unity Party (UP) National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County to elect its standard bearer who will run on the ticket of the party come 2017, one of the contenders for this position, Dr. Toga Gaywea McIntosh who earlier declared his intention to via for the nation’s presidency has resigned from the party.
Dr. McIntosh addressing a news conference in Monrovia yesterday said he has with immediate effect tendered in his resignation to the executive committee of the party stating several reasons including allegation that those spearheading the party’s election commission are supporters of his opponent, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
He said he has however maintained his quest for the nation’s presidency come 2017, and noted that “The basic principle of Unity that we once cherished so dearly in UP is now questionable,” he said. “In light of this, it is with a heavy heart that I officially announce my membership withdrawal from the Unity Party. I have submitted a letter to the Party’s officials to that effect.”
He further noted that the handling of matters in the party have fallen short of the manner in which the pioneers and founding fathers would have wanted in order to maintain the cohesive bond within the party.
“Although departing, I would like to state that I am proud to have been a Unity Party Partisan and the role I played in ensuring its success over the years. I sincerely wish the best for all those partisans vying for leadership positions at the upcoming convention and hope that the party is prosperous in future endeavors”, he said.
His exit from the party, observers believed has paved the way for Vice President Boakai to be elected on a white ballot opportunity to take over as political leader of the Unity Party, which will also award him chances for the 2017 presidency.