The political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE, Dr. J. Mills Jones says he will not bow to any pressure coming from “failed politicians” under the disguise of Code of Conduct.
Speaking at his party headquarters on Wednesday, 29 March in Congo Town, Dr. Jones argued that calls and cheap politics were being spewed against him by old- age politicians, who he claims, have failed the Liberian people over the years.
The former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia or CBL says despite the cheap propaganda being marketed by haters, nothing can stop him from articipating in the electoral process this year.
Weeks after his party made public reactions against the Code of Conduct that is seen here as a major obstacle that could narrow his chances of participating in the presidential race this October, Dr. Jones insists that nothing could stop his appearance on the ballot paper to contest the presidency.
The Code of Conduct, which Dr. Jones is defying, has been endorsed by the Supreme Court as legal instrument. Depending on which job a presidential appointee holds, the Code of Conduct dictates that appointees, including ministers and their deputies, superintendents and officials appointed by President, must resign two years or three years for tenure jobs, before seeking elected positions.
Dr. Jones held onto his lucrative job for two terms as CBL Governor while the bell rung here over a potential setback that observers thought could encounter aspirants’ political quest.
Jones, in a somehow angry mood, pointed out that the falsehood being spread by his opponents as it relates to the ‘misinterpretation’ of the Code of Conduct shows their weaknesses, saying the statements are reckless and irresponsible.
He added that there were some politicians who arrived on the Liberian political scene that want to gain relevance at the expense and the name of Code of Conduct, saying “Johnny just come lawmakers and politicians want to make me a second class citizen in my country.”
The MOVEE strongman noted that his presence in the pending representatives and presidential elections has posed serious threat to the interest of people he called failed politicians.
According to him, failed politicians reportedly battling with misrepresentation of the fact are people who do not want to see Liberians move forward economically.
Instead, Dr. Jones says such politicians dream to use the masses to change their lives. The National Code of Conduct which surfaced from the Executive Branch in which Dr. Jones served for two terms as Central Bank Executive Governor before he retired, has strict instructions that “all officials appointed by the president” shall not engage in political activities or quit their appointed jobs two or three years prior to public elections.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Editing by Winston W. Parley