PUL Leadership Stalemate Extends -As Judge Kaba Urges PUL to Find “Common Ground” in One Week

MONROVIA – The National Campaign Management Team of the Julius Kanubah for the Presidency of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has welcomed the “words of encouragement” from Associate Justice Yussif D. Kaba, admonishing all sides to the controversy surrounding the 2022 PUL Congress to meet and find a solution to the disputed PUL Congress and subsequent elections.

Associate Justice Kaba, who is presiding in Chambers, proffered the words of encouragement on today, Wednesday, 23 November during a Conference at the Supreme Court involving the disputing parties to the controversial 2022 PUL Congress in the wake of a petition for a writ of prohibition prayed for by Team Kanubah.

According to a November 23, 2022 press release from the Julius Kanubah National Campaign Management Team, they believe the advice by Justice Kaba for the parties involved in the controversy to meet within one week and find a common understanding demonstrates judicial leadership at the highest professional level, which has been lacking at the PUL.

“Team Kanubah also commends Associate Justice Kaba for his judicial interrogative expertise and perspectives about the implications of the conflict surrounding an institution in the nature of the PUL, which is not healthy for the larger Liberian society, and if not resolved amicably could drag on and reach the full bench of the Supreme Court.

“In order to move forward and save the blemished image of the PUL in the wake of the disastrous former leadership of Charles Coffey and Daniel Nyakonah, the Julius Kanubah National Campaign Management Team is calling on pertinently credible media stakeholders to lead the process of finding solutions to the PUL twin crisis that encompassed the failure of leadership at the PUL and the holding of an unconstitutional Congress, leading to the election of an illegitimate leadership.

“Team Kanubah is of the view that since the tenure of the failed leadership of Charles Coffey and Daniel Nyakonah has since expired in line with Article 9 of the PUL Constitution, it was now time for relevant media stakeholders to immediately step-in in the interim and help guard the process of organizing credible elections to find a legitimate leadership in accordance with Article 11 of the PUL Constitution.

“Meanwhile Team Kanubah continues to call on its hundreds of Supporters to maintain a calm and civil posture as we continue to pursue the legal process to its logical conclusion,” the release from Team Kanubah indicated.

In a related development, Team Daniel_Bettie campaign team says it welcomes the decision by the Justice-in-Chamber, Associate Justice Yusif Kabba who presided over the petition for Writ of Prohibition on the PUL election held in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekend.

“The Justice in chambers Yusif Kaba has given the contending parties one week to settle the matter out of court. Having called both parties to a conference, Associate Justice Kaba mandated the two sides to find a way to settle the matter among themselves, saying, litigation brews hate. Justice Kaba wants the parties to do some soul-searching since they are in a fraternity,” the release from Team Daniel-Bettie stated.

Associate Kaba’s mandate comes following a petition for a writ of prohibition prayed for by Julius Kanubah, a presidential candidate seeking to overturn the results of the PUL elections held in Gbarnga, Bong county recently.

The Wednesday conference was held at the Temple of Justice with contending parties present along with their legal counsels.

Meanwhile, President-elect Daniel Nyakonah of the Press Union of Liberia says his team is open to reconciliation as mandated by Associate Justice.

“Mr. Nyakonah is urging team Julius to honor the pending reconciliation initiative. At the same time, Team Daniel is calling on its supporters to remain calm as the judicial process. The campaign team said the Gbarnga vote is legitimate until the final judgment from the Supreme court,” the release from Team Daniel-Bettie indicated.

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