MONROVIA – The internal rift within the National Patriotic Party (NPP), which was deepened as a result of the botched October 7, 2022 7th Biennial Convention in Paynesville City, has now morphed into a full-scale political warfare, as the leadership of the NPP is beseeching Attorney General F. Musa Dean to investigate threatening statements purportedly made against Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor by Maryland County Senator James P. Biney during recent chatroom exchanges.
According to the NPP leadership letter of complaint to Justice Minister Musa Dean, former chairman James P. Biney issued in the NPP chatroom what amounted to threat to the security and life of the Vice President of Liberia.
“Mr. Minister, the NPP considers the statement as a serious National security concern which must claim the attention of the Ministry of Justice and to investigate same so as to delve into the motives and intent of the maker of said statement. The Senator in his post directed to the Vice President threatened her when he stated: “Madam, what a Christmas present you given us. By this, you have drawn the line and mark my word today, your latest decision to recognize Mr. Kparkillen as the Party Chairman will cost you dearly. You have put everything you have politically on the line. This (response) will require you and your advisors to decode to understand its interpretation. I wish you a blessed Christmas,” the NPP letter of complaint said.
In the December 27, 2022 letter to Minister Dean, the NPP further noted that while it acknowledges some disagreements within the party which emanate from the conduct of the 7th Biennial Convention held on October 7, 2022, it gives no justification for former chairman Biney to issue such a statement which borders on the safety and security of the Vice President as such Senator Biney should be made to answer for his statement which poses security threat to the Vice President.
“In view of the foregoing, the NPP leadership most respectfully request the Ministry of Justice to take seize of this matter and investigate same in the premise,” stated the NPP complaint to Minister Dean, which was signed by Secretary General Morris G. Paye and approved by National Chairman Stanley S. Kparkillen.
Copies of the NPP complaint were forwarded to the offices of President George M. Weah, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, President Pro-Tempore Senator Albert T. Chie and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.
It can be recalled that the NPP on October 27, 2022 held its 7th Biennial Convention at the Paynesville City Hall to elect a new corps of officials that would work alongside the two Coalition for Democratic Change constituent members, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Liberian People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), to ensure President Weah’s second term bid.
However, the Convention elected a new corps of officials. That election ended up splintering the NPP right in the middle after electing Cllr. Stanley Kparkillen as National Chairman, while Vice President Jewel Hoard Taylor was elected on white ballot as Standard Bearer of the NPP.
Senator Biney was also re-elected by his faction as National Chairman, along with former Bong County Representative George Mulbah as Vice Chairman for Administration; Mezgar Daudar, Vice Chairman for Operation and Allison Barco as Vice Chairman for inter-Party Affairs.