Rumors that permeated Monrovia Thursday claiming Unity Party Chair, Cllr. Varney Sherman had resigned from the party in demand of a group of disenchanted partisans have been refuted.
The group’s demand for the resignation of the three most senior officials atop the party—Standard-bearer Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Cllr. Sherman and Secretary General Wilmot Paye—has also been resisted by the party’s secretariat.
The disenchanted group accused President Sirleaf of giving government jobs to her family members while leaving other partisans without jobs.
The UP partisans also accused the three officials of violating Article 17 of the party’s constitution, which requires all appointments in government to be done in consultation with the Vice Chairman of the party for Governmental Affairs.
Contacted for reaction, Mr. Wilmot Paye said: “There are no plans (for us) to resign. We are not going to leave the party until our six-year term elapses.
“We were elected for six years. How can someone tell us to resign when we have a piece of job to do in keeping with the mandate that elected us to power,” Mr. Paye told New Democrat in a telephone conversation Saturday.
Responding to an email inquiry from FrontPageAfrica Thursday, Cllr. Sherman who is currently out of Liberia, said: “I have not resigned from the position of National Chairman of the Unity Party; I have no intention of resigning; I have no reason to resign; I intend to serve my full six-year term (2010 - 2016).”