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The Chairman of the Alternative National Congress or ANC Mr. Orishall Gould has denounced repeated media reports that the man expected to lead the ANC to the 2017 general and presidential election is not a US passport holder.

Mr. Gould told the New Dawn Monday that the information is a calculated attempt by political detractors of Mr. Alexander Cummings, arguing the he (Cummings) was recently acknowledged by President Sirleaf as a prominent Liberian and was appointed to serve on the board of the Booker T. Washington Institute. Gould maintains that Mr. Cummings’ appointment by President Sirleaf clears the doubts about his nationality.

He said it is unfortunate that Liberian politicians and actors will focus their attention on something that does not exist.

The debate over Cummings citizenship here stems from allegations that he made an admission in September last year, when he addressed a town hall gathering of diaspora Liberians that he carries a US passport.

But the allegation was hyped after Mr. Cummings resigned his post as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Office of Coca Cola to seek political office here.

Cummings, with his group, TEAM for Liberia said their mission is to create a society in which an informed and active citizenry is sovereign and makes policy decisions based on the will of the majority. According to a statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend, the group said, they will build democracy through activism and education and change the law to ensure that political processes are controlled by citizens. We oppose discrimination based on race, color, spiritual belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and national origin.

Mr. Gould acknowledging the work of his soon to be presidential hopeful said in less than 15 years after joining Coca-Cola, Cummings, originally from Liberia, rose through the ranks to become Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, a perch from which he controls key areas of the company, including: legal affairs, strategic planning, global community connections, information technology, and research & development.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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