The opposition Liberty Party has with immediate effect suspended its vice chairman for operations, Mr. Elder Jallah following an audio recording of a telephone conversation between him and the party’s chairman for Grand Gedeh County.
In the leaked recording, Mr. Jallah is heard ruling out the LP political leader Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence as an option for the 2023 presidential ticket of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and rather soliciting the county chairperson’s support for his preferred choice of standard bearer for the CPP, ahead of its pending nationwide primaries.
According to a press statement issued in Monrovia, the Liberty Party categorically states that Mr. Jallah’s utterances as contained in the recording do not represent its position as a constituent member of the CPP.
The release continues that consistent with the constitution of the LP, neither Mr. Jallah nor any Executive of the party has power to initiate conversations about mergers or collaboration without the knowledge of the Political Leader and the Executive Committee.
The Liberty Party further clarified that only the Political Leader is clothed with the authority to initiate any such discussion, as to the political direction of the Party.
A formal decision can only be made upon the recommendation of the Political Leader to the National Executive Committee and ultimately approved by the National or Special Convention of the LP.
Accordingly, the release said Mr. Jallah is hereby suspended for two months for making references to the Political Leader in a form and manner unbecoming of an Executive of the Party. The suspension takes immediate effect. Meanwhile, the LP’s Executive Committee has constituted a committee to investigate circumstances surrounding the leaked audio recording.
Liberty Party calls on the public, particularly members of the CPP not to be moved by the action of Mr. Elder Jallah, as it shall have absolutely no bearing on the decision of the party regarding whether it will put up a candidate for the standard-bearer post of the CPP or endorse a constituent party. Editing by Jonathan Browne