Ruling party lawmaker Acarous Moses Gray is blue with opposition Senator Abraham Darious Dillon, whom he says is desperate to return to the senate in the October midterm senatorial election.
Speaking to reporters in his office at the Capitol Wednesday, February 26, Gray, who represents Montserrado County District#8, says Senator Dillion’s approaches and consistent lies about happenings in the Senate is clear manifestation that the opposition Liberty Party senator is desperate beyond normal thinking for the senatorial seat.
Dillon won the seat last July in a by-election, defeating the governing Coalition for Democratic Change in its stronghold, Montserrado County.
Reacting to Senators Dillon and Oscar Cooper of Margibi County criticism about the RIA road contract awarded to East International without ratification by the Liberian Legislature, Gray defends that for the fact plenary of the Liberian Senate mandated its leadership to act suggests that plenary is in the full know of the action taken.
He says due to the protracted period Senator Dillon served as chief of office to former House Speaker Edwin Melvin Snowe and former Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has placed the senator to think low.
Turning to Senator Cooper, the ruling party lawmaker notes Cooper’s argument on the road project is based on conflict of interest, disclosing that Senator Cooper’s nephew Samuel B. Cooper, owns a construction firm, Westwood Construction Company, which had interest in the Roberts International Airport road project, but unfortunately, the contract was awarded to East International, something Gray claims is reason behind Senator Cooper’s bitterness.
President George Manneh Weah awarded the road project to East International, a Lebanese-Indian group whose performance in the sector is greeted with less public trust, judging from previous contracts it had with the Sirleaf administration.
But the group is reportedly willing to pre-finance the project, valued millions of dollars.
However, Gray says it is unfortunate for Senator Cooper who is seeking reelection in October, to be fighting against the RIA road modernization project which falls within his county (Margibi).By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor- Editing by Jonathan Browne