A lawyer representing the interest of the embattled Chairman of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) James P. Biney, says Mr. Biney is firmly in control of the affairs of the party despite ongoing battle to remove him.
Cllr. Aaron Kparkline made the assertion minutes after hearing officer at the National Elections Commission (NEC) recently sent the case between the embattled Chairman and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, Standard Bearer of the party on recess.
Chairman Biney is in a legal battle against Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor’s faction of the NPP led by former vice president John Gray and ex-senator Abraham Masselley.But Cllr. Kparkline insists that Biney is the legitimate head for the party, bragging that he would win the case currently before the NEC because of insufficient evidence against his client.
According to him, those fighting Biney are engaged in a losing battle, as evidenced by Chairman Biney’s recent successful Extra-Ordinary Session of the party convened in Bentol City, Montserrado County all 15 county chairpersons expelled Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor as Standard Bearer and requested President George Manneh Weah to remove her as Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
The hearing at the NEC witnessed legal arguments between lawyers representing both factions of the former ruling partythe legal interest of both parties with Mr. Gray of the faction headed by VP Taylor testifying against Biney.
Cllr. Kparline says Biney will never lose the case become he enjoys support of the county chairpersons, who are key determiners where the party should go.When contacted, the legal team of Madam Taylor’s faction led by Abraham Masselley and others declined to comment on grounds that the hearings into the matter are ongoing.
Founded by jailed former President Charles Ghankay Taylor, the NPP has been engulfed in a leadership crisis with expulsion and counter-expulsion.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne