Liberty Party Hammers Bigwigs -Removes Political Leader Lawrence, Dillon, Others from Positions

Either the fierce internal political battle within the opposition Liberty Party is getting complicated by the day or it is headed for a rational finality. With the LP faction headed by Chairman Musa Hasan Bility winning most legal battles if not all that have spurred in the aftermath of the ongoing conflict, things appear rather grim for the political leader, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence and other former senior officials. Once again, the Liberty Party has unleashed a sledgehammer, finally removing from office Madam Karnga Lawrence, Senator Dillon and many other officials it had recently suspended for alleged failure to pay party dues. The Analyst reports.

The Liberty Party (LP) National Executive Committee (NEC) on Saturday, March 5, announced that it took a number of “critical decisions”, amongst which is the purging from office several senior officials of the party, including political leader Nyonblee Karngba-Lawrence.

Executive Committee of the LP announced that it has removed from office suspended officers of the party from their positions in the party in line with the Constitution.

Earlier in 2021, LP suspended several of its officials, in line with Article XXX of the LP Constitution, for failure to pay their membership dues as required.

According to the LP Executive Committee, the referenced officials were given ninety days to remedy their deficiencies, as constitutionally required, and notified them of same.

“The ninety-day period has expired and, to date, the suspended officials have not remedied the deficiencies,” the party said, adding: “As such, the LP EC has removed the suspended officers from position in the party in line with the Constitution.”

Those seemingly affected by the action include, Sen. Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Political Leader/ Legislative Caucus Member; Mr. Debar Allen, National Advisory Council Chair/NAC Rep to NEC;

Sen. Abraham Darius Dillon, Vice Chair for Political and Legislative Affairs/Legislative Caucus Member, and Mr. Jacob Smith, National Advisory Council Member.

Others included: Mr. Daniel Sando, Vice Chair for Press & Public Affairs; Mr. George Gaybue, County Chair, Grand Bassa; Mr. Augustine Fredericks, Vice Chair for Inter-Party & NEC Affairs;

Mr. Eugene Tarr, County Secretary, Grand Bassa Mr. Agatius Coker, Vice Chair for Auxiliary Services; Mr. Romeo Coker, County Chair, Montserrado Mr. Prince Toles, Vice Chair for Mobilization; Mr. Augustine Nyormui, County Secretary, Montserrado; Mr. Kla Edward Toomey, NEC Eminent Member Sen. Steve Zargo, Legislative Caucus Member; Mr. McCarthy Weh, NEC Eminent Member; Sen. Jonathan Kaipay, Legislative Caucus Member; Ms. Prescilla Cooper, NEC Eminent Member, and Rep. Hans Barchue, Legislative Caucus Member.

The Executive Committee headed by Chairman Bility also indicated in a release that two former officials of the party have resigned their positions. They include: Mrs. Edith Gongloe-Weh, Eminent Partisan and Mr. Nathaniel Barnes, NAC Member.

The LP NEC assured its partisans and supporters that “we remain committed to ensuring that all efforts are made to ensure that the best interests of the LP and the country remain paramount.”

Other Critical Decisions

LP Relationship with ANC: During its December 2021 Special National Convention (SNC), the LP resolved to endorse the candidacy of Alexander B. Cummings, Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), as the Standard Bearer of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), subject to execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the LP and the ANC outlining the agreements reached and proffered to the SNC for approval.

“To date, we have not been able to successfully consummate the relationship, by executing the MOU, and are duty bound to report back to the SNC, from which the mandate derived,” the Party said.

LP Relationship with CPP: With the withdrawal of the All Liberian Party (ALP) and Unity Party (UP), the LP will be reviewing the relationship within the CPP and exploring all options available moving forward.

The LP assured the public that it remains committed to ensuring the objectives of the opposition and that these will be paramount in any LP discussions and decisions.

Special National Convention: The LP NEC has also voted to take these issues to the SNC for deliberation and direction.

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