The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) summons officials of the National Patriotic Party of detained former President Charles Taylor for hearing over perpetual internal crisis which has claimed both local and international attention.
Speaking to the NewDawn, on Sunday morning, the chairman emeritus of the NPP, Chief Cyril Allen said the NPP is to appear before that body on Thursday this week to provide detailed information about the internal fight.
Recently, embattled Chairman James Biney’s faction of the National Patriotic Party expelled its Standard Bearer, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and former Liberia’s Vice President John Gray, from the party on allegations of taking the NPP to court, for reportedly ‘grossly violating the party’s constitution and bringing it to public dispute.
Prior to the expulsion of Vice President Taylor from the party, Madam Taylor’s faction of the party had expelled James Biney from the NPP in for what was termed as ‘gross disrespect to party officials.
Chief Allen, who heads the negotiation committee of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change on the NPP’s crisis says the internal fight within the NPP has the propensity to lead bigger problem if not handled under the George Weah administration, which is not a good thing for a new administration.
He points out that some of the reasons for the party struggle could be personal gains above love for country, something he notes, is not necessary in this dispensation.
He discloses the Liberia Council of Churches and some individuals within the diplomatic circle are working to resolve the crisis.Allen says he’s worried about the stability of the country because there are tons of idle minds out there waiting on things to spark up and to take advantage.
He reflects on the infamous 1979 Rice Riot that led to hundreds of lives lost, properties destroyed, which eventually led to 14 years of bitter civil conflict and saw 250, 000 lives taken recklessly.“So for these reasons, we decided to intervene immediately to handle the matter before it gets out of hand. There are many out there who use these kinds of situations to exploit the country and its people,” he cautions.
The chairman emeritus expresses gratitude for the interest of all stakeholders especially, President George Weah, who mandated him and other key partisans of the NPP to resolve the issues in whatever ways and means possible.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne