MONROVIA – From all indications, the turf war over the leadership of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) that is raging between the National Campaign Management Team of Julius Kanubah and Daniel Nyakonah et al is far from over, as signals are pointing to the Supreme Court of Liberia halting all activities of the PUL until the Union’s 2022 Congress and elections dispute case is heard and verdict delivered.
According to the press release dated December 22, 2022 from the Kanubah camp, Charles Coffey and Daniel Nyakonah’s lawyer has informed the Supreme Court Justice-in-Chambers that all activities of the Press Union of Liberia have been halted by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court until the PUL 2022 Congress and elections dispute case is heard and verdict delivered.
“Cllr Samuel Pearson in a bill of information filed with the office of Associate Justice Yusif D. Kaba, on December 19 said Judge Boima Kontoe placed a stay order on the former administration of the PUL, prohibiting it from conducting affairs of the Press Union of Liberia including the controversial planned induction of individuals claimed to have been elected.
“Pearson alleges the Judge placed the stay order in the absence of a petition from the opposing parties. He wants Judge Kontoe’s mandate reversed because he is involved with strange practice of law,” the release from Team Kanubah stated.
Accordingly, Judge Kontoe reached the decision based on a petition filed by lawyers representing the Julius Kanubah National Campaign Management Team. Charles Coffey and Daniel Nyakonah along with their lawyer boycotted the hearing of December 15 after being served notices of assignment, the release indicated.
“The Bill of Information shows significant contradictions between the PUL former leadership and their lawyer on the magnitude of the Stay Order placed on the Union’s activities.
“Cllr Pearson’s confirmation of the biting scale of the Stay Order on the proceedings of the PUL contradicts and conflicts with as well as renders useless a late-night Press Release of December 21 by the PUL erstwhile leadership, which had contended that the Court has not halted all activities of the Union,” the Team Kanubah release further indicated.
It can be recalled that on December 19, 2022, the administration of the Press Union of Liberia and the Election Commissioners of the said Union headed by Atty. Ade Wede Kerkulah, Fabin Kwiah, Eddie Harmon, Cllr. Bobby Livingstone, Atty. Al-Varney Rogers, Charles B. Coffey, Musa M.B. Kanneh, Daniel Nyankonah, Caroline Myers Zodua, Henry Page, all of the City of Monrovia filed a Bill of Information against His Honor J. Boima Kontoe, Resident Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Bong County (1st Respondent); and the National Campaign Management Team of Mr. Julius K. Kanubah for the Press Union of Liberia 2022 Election by and thru Mr. Raymond Zarbay, D. Edwon Clarke, Weemon Jallahcole, Titus Togba, Romeo Togba, Festus Poquoi, Beatric Sieh of the City of Monrovia (2nd Respondents).
According to the Informants, “on December 15, 2022, the 1st Respondent Judge proceeded with the reading of Your Honor’s mandate and after reading of same, the 1st Respondent Judge immediately proceeded to order and sua ponte placed a Stay Order on the Informants, prohibiting from conducting affairs of the Press Union of Liberia including the induction of its elected and certified officials, contrary to the mandate of Your Honor and this Honorable Court for which bill of information will lie to ensure that Your Honor’s mandate is properly executed.
“Wherefore and in view of the foregoing facts and circumstances, Informants humbly pray Your Honor to grant Informant’s Bill of Information and set aside the Court Order and further mandate 1st Respondent Judge to proceed with hearing of the merit of the main suit and grant unto Informants any and all further relief that Your Honor may deem just, equitable and legal in the premises,” Cllr. Samuel Pearson petitioned on the Informants.