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-as Dillon leads Ja’neh’s triumphant return

The Chairperson of the Collaborating Political Parties, Alexander B. Cummings stirred up Maryland County during the weekend where citizens endorsed Mr. Eric Wlea Giko as CPP senatorial candidate for the county. Chairperson Cummings’ visit to the county has been described as colorful, characterized by huge turnout of citizens, including motorcyclists, market women, elders, traditional chiefs, supporters and partisans of the Collaborating Political Parties.

The CPP leader visited several towns in Harper, Pleebo and Karluway districts respectively, and was received by thousands of jubilating citizens, including traditional chiefs and elders.Special programs were held in Cavalla Fish Town, Middle Town and Rock Town in Harper, Electoral District #1, Maryland County.

Similar receptions took place in Karluway, Electoral Distric #3, bringing together sons and daughters of Barrobo and Karluway in Electoral District#3, witnessing the endorsement of Mr. Giko, as the CPP senatorial candidate for the county.

Giko vied for district#3 representative seat in 2017, but lost to incumbent Representative Isaac Roland Blalu, who is also contesting in the impending senatorial election for December 8, 2020.
The CPP endorsement ceremony continued in Pleebo, Maryland County Electoral District # 2 at the St. Francis Parish Hall, where citizens lifted Mr. Giko high as their choice for the senate.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Nelson Neal, chairman of the Traditional Chief Council of Maryland County, who also presented the certificate of endorsement to Mr. Giko, said he was proud to have been selected among his colleagues chiefs to certificate the CPP candidate.

Mr. Neal continued that the endorsement of Giko begins the CPP’s victory in Maryland County saying, “let me present this certificate and flag to you as the Senatorial Candidate of the CPP; this certificate and flag of the Collaborating Political Parties show the beginning of the party’s achievement.”

In remarks, CPP leader Cummings lauded citizens of Maryland County for turning out, noting that although he is a son of Maryland himself, but his visit there was to identify with his people and to officially introduce the senatorial candidate on the ticket of the Collaborating Political Parties.

“Marylanders, you have seen what have come to you in those nine (9) and 12 years past; if you will stay here and elect these same people to power, who have not done anything for you, you will get the same thing again, because you can’t be doing one thing over and over and expect different results”, Mr. Cummings rallied the citizens.

He is also leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress – one of the four constituent parties of the CPP. According to him the Collaborating Parties have agreed unanimously to support Eric Wlea Giko, as their candidate for the senate comes December, indicating that the Liberty Party, Unity Party, the Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party are not putting forth separate candidates for the senatorial race.

He said the best way to improving Maryland County and the entire Liberia is by citizens making right choices at the ballot box in electing development-oriented leaders. “If you accept my request to elect Mr. Giko, come December 8, then you’re encouraging me that you will make the change come 2023″, he stressed.

“Again, if you want Maryland to change, if you want the Country to change, you shouldn’t elect those same people, who haven’t brought anything back to show you”, he added. “Let me say if the Christmas will be good, you can see from the Eve, so, if you elect Giko come December 8, then we know you are prepared to change this country.”

“Please, as you all have gathered here today witnessing the endorsement, be the messengers in the field to encourage your people to make the change we want and need as a people. “As you can see, the southeastern road condition, it is very bad but who will talk for you; so, if you want good roads in the southeastern part of Liberia, please join me to elect Mr. Giko”, he conclude. In response, Candidate Eric Wlea Giko commended the CPP leader and citizens who turned out to witnessed the occasion.

Giko disclosed that he was overwhelmed to be placed on the ticket of the Collaborating Political Parties, noting that the changes the people need can be achieved if they elected him come December 8.
“Giko could be the next senator who could do the right thing within the nine years or could be that person who might not make the change but you need to try him”, he pleaded.

Meanwhile, CPP senatorial candidate for Montserado County Abraham Darius Dillon has led thousands of supporters to the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County to receive impeached Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, who won a legal battle recently against the Government of Liberia at the ECOWAS Court.

Thousands of jubilating supporters of incumbent Senator Dillon, who is facing CDC senatorial Candidate Thomas Fallah in the coming race, backed by predominantly Muslims, including members of the Mandingo tribe of Justice Ja’neh boarded vehicles and headed for the airport where flight bringing the man who vehemently challenged his forceful impeachment in 2019 by the ruling establishment was expected to tough down at 2:00pm, the same Saturday, from Nigeria.

In its ruling, the ECOWAS Court of Justice recently ordered the Republic of Liberia to pay Jan’neh the sum US$200, 000 as reparation for moral prejudice suffered for the violation of his rights.

Delivering judgment on Tuesday, 10 November, the Court also ordered the Republic of Liberia to restore, calculate and pay to Ja’neh all his withheld entitlements, including salaries, allowances and pension benefits as from the date of his impeachment to the date of notification of the Court’s judgment.

It further ordered his reinstatement as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court or in the alternative, to grant him the right to retire from service on the date of notification of the judgment of the Court with full pension benefits, as if he had retired at the normal retirement age for justices of the Supreme Court.

Filling his complaint before the ECOWAS Court, Ja’neh had sought to be awarded general damages in an amount not less than US$25,000,000.00 as compensation and an order directing the Republic of Liberia to restore him to his position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

He had also asked the court to declare that the entire impeachment trial, conviction and replacement on the Supreme Court constitute violations of his rights to fair hearing, dignity of his person and work under equitable and satisfactory conditions, among others.

But the Republic of Liberia represented by Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus denied violating the human rights of Mr. Ja’neh and submitted that the impeachment was done through a political process which also followed the due process of law as laid down in Section 43 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia. The State urged the Court to declare that Ja’neh’s application is inadmissible because the Community Court is incompetent to review, interpret and apply the national constitution and domestic laws of Member States.

Similarly, the Liberian Senate insists the trial of former Associate Justice Ja’neh was conducted in a very fair and transparent manner as prescribed by the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, the relevant laws of the land and the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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