MONROVIA : In the wake of the National Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Musa Hassan Bility expelling and revoking the membership of Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and five other Liberty Party stalwarts, the office of the Political Leader of the Liberty Party is calling on all partisans and supporters to remain calm despite Musa Bility’s continuing drive to hinder the progress of the Liberty Party. Senator Lawrence furthered that Mr. Bility has no executive committee to neither suspend nor expel even a fly from the party.
Making the statement in a Tuesday, July 19, 2023 press release, Senator Lawrence said Mr. Bility’s efforts not only run contrary to the wishes of Liberians to unburden themselves from the hardship created by the CDC-led government, they also confirm that he is working against the very opposition he claims to be a part of.
It is regrettable that all efforts we made to unite the party under one leadership were blown away by him, believing that he is the chief manipulator of every system and can get away with anything. The closest opportunity we had to finding a resolution was when the Supreme Court offered its facility to both parties for the implementation of the Farmington MOU which in effect puts Bility on record for criminally altering LP’s Constitution and agreeing to submit to its correction. That correction was done in the presence of both parties on june 8, 2022 in the Library of the Supreme Court of the Republic. Again, he, as usual, rejected the signing of the corrected version, even after participating in its correction. The corrected version was subsequently signed and submitted to NEC with a copy sent to the High Court, in accordance with provision of the Constitution empowering the PL to take such measures as to safeguard the interest of LP.
“Thereafter, Mr. Bility has continued to unilaterally pursue actions that run contrary to the Constitution and has practically divided the Liberty Party, although he has nothing to control in the institution, but a handful of individuals who support his alien attitude.
“Therefore, as now necessitated by his unbecoming behavior that has left Liberty Party polarized, I, as Political Leader, wish to inform all partisans and the public at large, that for the purpose of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections, the Logo of Liberty Party shall remain suspended until an impartial judicial forum has fully adjudicated and brought a closure to the intra-party conflict.
“By this decision, all partisans are advised to stay away from any and all individuals or institutions that will or are illegally carrying the Logo on posters, billboards, T-shirts, etc. during the electioneering period for the 2023 elections. Meanwhile, I call on all LP partisans to continue working for the restoration of our country so that individuals like Musa Bility will not be allowed to use undue advantage through external influences to subvert justice in our country. Rest assured that we will exert all efforts to restore your cherished party,” Senator Lawrence stated emphatically.
It can be recalled that the opposition Liberty Party (LP), a constituent member of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), on July 14, 2023 finally expelled and revoked the membership of LP’s embattled political leader Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence along with a host of party officials for campaigning or contesting on the opposition Unity Party ticket in direct violation of decisions and Resolutions taken at the LP Convention. The LP has therefore warned the affected ex-officials against using the party’s name or emblem otherwise they will face the full weight of the law.
The expulsion and membership revocation directly affected Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo, Mr. Jacob Smith, Mr. Prince Toles, and Mr. Daniel Sando.
“This action comes as a result of these individuals’ decision to either participate as Unity Party (UP) campaign officials or contest on the UP ticket in the upcoming Presidential and General Elections, which is in direct violation of decisions and Resolutions taken at the LP Convention.
“The LP hereby issues a stringent warning to these individuals that going forward, any unauthorized use of the LP name will result in legal action against them. The LP also warns the general public that anyone or group joining in the unauthorized use of the LP name for any reason will be enjoined in any such legal action, the LP release stated.