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Senatorial Candidate Resigns From UP
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 3 (LINA) - Nearly five days after the conduct of the Unity Party (UP) primary in Bong County, Mr. Jefferson Gbaryan, a senatorial candidate who announced his withdrawal from the process, has resigned from the ruling party.
“This is my official notification that I am resigning from the ruling Unity Party as Co-Chair of the party’s Bong County branch and as a member of the party,” he said in a letter dated June 20.
Gbaryan said his decision is based the party’s failure to “create education empowerment for its members, especially for county officials, create employment opportunities for county officials and party youths and the existence of disconnection between the party National Leadership and locals.”
He also cited the party’s alleged failure to appreciate the people of Bong County after helping it to win two successive electoral terms, as well as its recent decision to change the proceedings of its primary to a caucus system of nomination.
He said having served the party since 1997, he was leaving with “clean hands and a heavy heart.”
Gbaryan on Friday withdrew from the UP primary that included Mr. Rennie Jackson and Dr. Henrique Tokpa, citing interference, lack of transparency and protection for participants as factors for his decision.