Judges from Ghana and Nigeria, who presided over the 2012 Miss Liberia Beauty Pageant in Monrovia, have disassociated themselves from the final decision that declared Miss Leeda Knowlden of Lofa County as winner.
She said the team of judges had no idea on how Miss Leeda was announced, adding: “We absolutely have no idea on her announcement as winner; we never sent her name as winner; what we said is that she has the highest online votes from text messages and she is the most popular contestant but not the winner.”
Madam Menson said the declared winner of the pageant was one of the least among the 11 contestants with 169 points.
She called on the organizers to apologize to the actual winner Miss Brigitte Rouhana of Montserrado County and award her the crown that she fought for.
Madam Menson warned that if Liberia fails to award the Miss Liberia 2012 Crown to the rightful owner, she will not allow the country to participate in the Miss ECOWAS Peace Pageant.
“I will tell Miss World that she is not the rightful winner to represent Liberia and it is part of the rule,” she declared. She also noted that a communication will be sent to the committee and organizers of the Miss World Beauty Pageant, asking them to not recognize the current Liberian queen, who has attained the crown fraudulently.
For her part, the Co-judge of the pageant Madam Onyeka Udechakwu from Nigeria expressed serious disappointment in the action of the organizers to have already selected a queen without the judges’ consent. She said the issue needs to be carefully looked into to give the crown to the person, who really deserves it.
“This is not fair to us; we are credible people in Africa and the world at large. While should they put Liberians under the impression that they wanted the program free and fair while they had someone already in mind ahead of the competition. We want to tell the world that the decision is not our decision,” she noted.
Meanwhile, the organizers of this year’s pageant CT.Com, could not be reached for comments up to press time.