The Executive Committee of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC) has termed as free, fair, and transparent the election of Dr. Olu Menjay, following a controversial poll conducted in Yekepa, Nimba County on March 17, 2012.
A statement authorized Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Rev. Victor G. Koon, LBMEC Director for Communication and Rev. John B. Kamoon, LBMEC Executive Secretary said the electoral process was conducted in line with the procedure certified by the Convention.
The election, which brought Dr. Menjay and others into power was widely criticized for being marred by frauds after presidential contender Dr. Samuel Reeves pulled out of the race a minute before the poll.
But the statement said the executive committee and member Churches have already given their support to Dr. Menjay and his core of officers to steer the affairs of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention.
The executive committee of the Baptist convention believes that Dr. Menjay’s leadership brings to the LBMEC an added wealth of experience of both national and international significance.
However, the statement said three of the five regions of the Convention have joined a collaborative protest, calling for re-election.
“Let the record also reflect that until this matter is heard and redressed and justice prevails, the Regions mentioned will not recognize the leadership of Rev. Menjay as President of our great Convention,” the protesters demanded.
The protestors said they took the path out of love for God and the Convention and resolved to stand in the way of immorality and injustice, among the minority of unscrupulous, selfish men, within their compact, willing to go any length to hijack the great Church in an effort to satisfy their greed and personal ambition.
Amidst the controversies, the regions are raising concerns over the actual date of birth of Rev. Menjay, accusing him of lying under oath, which is considered perjury under the Liberian Law and a crime against the State, and a disservice to the Convention.
“This is nothing to do with the process of our recent elections; it has everything to do with integrity and being good Christian leaders setting right examples”, the protesters stressed.
The regions, which comprised of nine of the 15 counties of Liberia are Central Region, Northeastern and Northwestern regions, which are under the leadership of Rev. George McGee, Rev. Danny Gewely and Arthur Wehyee.
Notwithstanding, the President-elect of the Baptist Convention Dr. Menjay, is also Vice President for the Baptist World Alliance, Principal of Risks Institute and Assistant Professor at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, USA.