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As Cummings’ arrival splits LP 

By Lincoln G. Peters

Liberia-Political tension has blown off between Liberty Party (LP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC), two of the four constituent parties within the opposition bloc Collaboration Political Parties (CPP), as proposed events to honor ANC political leader Mr. Alexander B. Cummings’ return from the U.S. have split LP’s hierarchy.

Ahead of Cummings’ arrival which is expected Wednesday,  27 October 2021, it was reported here that LP’s embattled chairman Musa Bility was poised to host a welcome program for Cummings at LP’s Headquarters under the guise of an invitation from the party’s National Executive Committee. 

But LP political leader Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence said on Tuesday, 26 October called on Cummings to desist from acts she describes as counterproductive to the spirit and intent of the CPP and warned partisans of Liberty Party against participating in activities that violate the constitution of the party.

Mr. Cummings has been one of the CPP political leaders often at the center of internal conflict with constituent leaders. Cummings and his ANC recently boycotted a ceremony for the transfer of CPP’s chairperson post from Liberty Party to Unity Party, claiming that ANC was excluded from the planning and organization process.

Senator  Karnga – Lawrence said she has received with utmost dismay, complaints from various layers of the party against Bility’s plan to host a welcome program for Cummings on Wednesday at the LP offices under the guise of an invitation from the party’s National Executive Committee. 

She said those complaining against Bility’s reported plan to welcome Cummings include LP’s majority members of the National Executive Committee, Women and Youth congresses, County Chairpersons, and District Coordinators.

A release issued Tuesday, 26 October said Senator Karnga – Lawrence called on Mr. Cummings to decline such an invitation with immediate effect because it is not welcomed at the offices of the Liberty Party.

“I’m appalled by Mr. Cummings’ decision to attend a program at a Liberty Party facility without a courtesy call to my office. These types of actions encourage the continued marginalization of women in our society,” she said.

“Would Mr. Cummings have done [the] same if it were a male counterpart? Women have come a long way in our society and will not stand for disrespect from any individual who seeks the highest office of the land,” she warned the ANC leader.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/cummings-to-leave-cpp/–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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